CENTRAL AMERICA FOUNDATION FOR RURAL EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT via Crowdrise
February 06, 2011
EVENT DATE: Feb 14, 2011
The Rio Frio (Cold River) School, San Vicente, El Salvador will serve more than 100 children from the region, ages 5 through 16.
Rio Frio School is in an area with super high levels of poverty and violence, low literacy rates (only 15% of the adult residents can read and write), and lack of access to medical services. The community even lacks access to running water and electricity.
Here's a primer on the school's history:
The Ministry of Education constructed a new school building in 1979, just months prior to the onset of the Salvadoran Civil War. Sadly, the school never had the chance to be inaugurated as it was immediately used as an arms depot. The area soon fell under combat and the villagers were forced to flee for 12 long years. When the war ended and the Peace Accords were signed in 1992, the local citizens came back to reclaim their properties and found the unused school taht they had worked so hard to build in ruins. The school has lain dormant for 3 decades now.
In the meantime, the town has used borrowed spaces in which to teach, and currently uses a borrowed farm shed and a private home.
Rio Frio lives in a fragile and "separate" peace, as it is surrounded by communities that live with violent and out of control gang activity. The community just wants to keep their children in school and away from the violence.
The building will accommodate 120 students in grades kindergarten through 6th grade. Thirty of these students have never had the opportunity to attend classes before due to their distance from the Rio Frio School. We have arranged transportation for these 30 children through friends.
The Ministry of Education has agreed to provide three (count 'em, three) teachers, and new desks for the children. The community has agreed to provide unskilled labor for the construction as well as a nominal family contribution to help maintain the operations of the school.
CAFRED is just over a year old and if we are able to reach our goal (and this is where you come in), Rio Frio will be our third school on the way to many more!
While building a school where none existed is a huge success, CAFRED sticks around to make sure teachers are supported and can provide a quality educational experience for the entire community.
Please donate what you can bear for these children so we can keep our promise to provide them with the education that is so important to their futures!
We promised to have the construction finished before President and Mrs. Obama arrive in El Salvador in March.
CAFRED is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and is tax exempt under U.S. Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).
CAFRED maintains strict political and religious independence.