After completing KinderAide’s Lauron’s kinder school in La Colonia, my friend and contractor, Freddy Ruiz Sanchez, and I went out looking for kinders that may need some help and stumbled upon this one in Piedra Bola (behind La Rosas). It actually has K to Grade 3 (9 students) with 2 teachers in training. The conditions are appalling, with no school supplies or teacher’s aides to teach. The white boards are un-usable; the wee kids are sitting at adult chairs with writing boards at forehead level. The door hinge is a huarache sole. The bathroom consists of a septic tank with a toilet on top. Privacy is kept by a few palm fronds and a rotten sheet. The water to flush the toilet is at the neighbours well. There is no water for washing or drinking.
Door hinge made from a huarache sole and branches
Freddy and I promised to return the next day with donated school supplies and suggested a meeting with the parents and town representatives. Pedro from the Ranchero de Geronimo produced a town survey plan and showed us the lot that had been put aside for a school. We walked to the location and after papers were signed, we agreed to start building. KinderAide had enough funds to put in the foundation (the most expensive part) and some part walls.
More donations have been received for the one-room school house with a working bathroom. Just recently KinderAide was surprised to receive $20,000 pesos as the final donation from the Margarita Challenge. This donation will provide a roof and more.
Thank you all for you generosity. Funds are still needed to complete the school with furniture, white boards and shelving. Extras for next season possibly include a concrete pad, shade structure, swings and so on.
by Jane Fellows
About KinderAide: KinderAide was established in January of 2011 by Jane Fellows (Miller). It is an independent, non-profit group of volunteers whose primary goal is to help children attending kinder schools in La Peñita in their quest to learn English, with the assistance of volunteer teachers and donated school supplies. To learn more or to make a donation, visit the KinderAide community website.