Lomas Group Forms Alliance with the State of Q. Roo for the benefit of the ChildrenBy Fernanda Duque Hernández
426 kids will have a brighter beginning!
During a formal ceremony on Monday, representatives of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Alas (a foundation created by Colombian pop sensation Shakira), the state governor of Quintana Roo, Roberto Borge Angulo, inaugurated the first Integrated Early Childhood Center, better known as CIPI, in Playa del Carmen.
Quintana Roo already has three daycare centers that give children the opportunity to thrive in an appropriate and stimulating environment, all of them abiding by methods espoused by the Reggio Emilia approach.
Under the guidance of the corporate leaders of Lomas Group, with a total investment of USD $2 million, this 20 classroom building will be used for the benefit of the community’s working mothers, who will now have a trustworthy daycare center where their children will be cared for in a stimulating environment in accordance with the international standards of UNICEF.
The center was named after Carmelina Hinojosa de Lopez Lira, the mother of Mrs. Dolores López Lira, Lomas Travel’s General Manager and partner owner. Its construction would not have been possible without support from the public and private sector. The colorful building was donated by Lomas Group, a leading company in the tourism industry in Cancun and Riviera Maya with a sense of social commitment which will now benefit 426 children of Quintana Roo.
Designed by Lomas Group architect Alfredo Barrero, this CIPI is the best equipped of the three centers that currently exist in Quintana Roo. It was designed to stimulate the imagination and learning of kids. The building has art workshops, green areas, playgrounds design for the different ages of the kids, a nursery, a dining room and equipped kitchen.
During the inauguration, governor Borge Angulo and his wife, the honorary president of the State System for Integral Family Development (DIF), Mariana Zorrilla, gave Mrs. Dolores Lopez Lira and her husband Jose Luis Martinez Alday – both owners and founding presidents of Lomas Group – a token of recognition for their social work, which was received by their son and Director of Development and Sales of Lomas Travel Group, Rogelio Frachey.
“We truly believe that this is the formula for success, a clear government and a private sector concerned in the infancy of state, interested in contributing to boost the state and to do it is necessary to invest in children education,” said Carmen Lopez Flores, Head of Education for UNICEF Mexico during an interview with México News Network.
According to Elva Cardenas, director of Child Protection for DIF Mexico said that the success of the three centers in Quintana Roo and the demand of more daycares are enforcing the opening of two more CIPIs, one in Holbox and another in Cancun.
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