Tag is the most popular game during school recess. With over 350 students on this campus, the children use every available field space with joy and gratitude.
No Pressure! Last year the ANIJA girls’ team won the National Malta Morena tournament. These older elementary school kids enjoy soccer during recess. Boys and girls play together on this field.
Learning to play a sport not only teaches the students that rules can create order and even fun, but also allows them to practice respect, encouragement, honesty. and team play.
In a society where girls often get pregnant as teenagers, ANIJA staff create an environment for middle and high school girls to be involved in extracurricular activities and thrive. Even in this small field, the girls hone their sports skills.
At ANIJA the students are cared for holistically. Teacher Marisol listens to Ramona* who is not feeling well. She is told to see the school’s health care worker who provides basic care and medications and assists the family if a doctor visit is necessary
Boys and girls alike enjoy playing soccer. Most kids at ANIJA live in crowded barrios (poor neighborhoods) and play on dirt roads with rolled cloths that serve as balls. Juanita* warms up while the older girls play.
ANIJA students, ranging from ages 4-16, line up each morning with their classes for “La Bandera”. They sing the national anthem, El Himno Nacional de la Republica Dominicana, and also Onward Christian Soldiers. Announcements and accolades are made before the kids head to class.