Photo: Ricky Martin Foundation to open additional child aid centers in Latin America
Puerto Rican pop star Ricky Martin has announced that construction will soon begin on more institutions like his foundation’s Child Development and Prevention Center of Puerto Rico in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and throughout Latin America.
The Ricky Martin Foundation Child Development and Prevention Center will begin construction this year and its inauguration is expected for 2012 or early 2013. The $4 million budget will provide 10 classrooms, a library, and a recreation area for children from infancy to high school and will work with Puerto Rico’s Our School and Community Initiative. The center will promote the arts, meditation, yoga, sports, health, personalized education, cluture, and ethical values.
Martin took up the cause after he saw the enormity of the problem of trafficking a exploitation of minors on a 2002 trip to India.
Recently, the Puerto Rican singer’s foundation held the third annual Ricky Martin Foundation Golf Tournament at the Trump International Golf Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico to raise money for the foundation.
“We need and want to make a difference in the lives of Loiza families so their children and youth have the opportunities to which they have a right. We will be there to support them and give them tools to ensure a better future. ” Ricky Martin said in a brief message at the Award Ceremony in front of hundreds of participants.
The tournament had an impressive list of gifts for the raffle with a value of $ 75,000.00, plus another $155.000.00 for 4 “hole in one” cars, all of them Fiat and a trip to Europe, among others.