Our Affiliated Project: La Recoleta
School in Sucre, Bolivia

 

The following are quick facts about the La Recoleta School:

  • Grades served: Kindergarten – twelfth grade
  • Academic year: Typically begins in early February and ends in early December. Students enjoy summer break from mid-December through the end of January and a two-week winter break in July.
  • Curriculum: In addition to core academic studies, the school also offers a variety of technical classes to prepare children for entry into the labor force. These courses include electrical training, carpentry, sewing, knitting, cooking, typing and computer literacy.
  • Outreach: Parenting and literacy classes are offered for the parents each week. The school also hosts monthly PTA meetings (which many parents attend) for programs on better childrearing, household sanitation and other health- and family-oriented topics.
  • Meals: The government provides a free snack for the children here each day. Additionally, about 120 students receive free lunch in the cafeteria.
  • Medical attention: Emergency medical care is provided at the local hospital, and the school helps families pay for treatment when they cannot afford it. Eventually, La Recoleta School would like to have a clinic of their own on the premises.

The small, landlocked nation of Bolivia comprises rugged Andes Mountains and vast, high-altitude plateaus to the west (including a portion of Lake Titicaca, the largest high-altitude lake in the world) and lush, lowland plains of Amazon jungle to the east. Despite its wealth of natural beauty and resources, Bolivia bears the scars of centuries of conflict, beginning with the Spanish conquistadors and followed by almost 200 years of wars and internal military coups.

Political and economic instability have brought about considerable poverty, resulting in widespread malnutrition, crime and disease. Sucre, Bolivia’s constitutional capital, retains much of the flavor of Spanish colonialism, including the second-oldest university in Latin America and many buildings erected by the conquistadors. However, it is no exception to the poverty that plagues the rest of the nation.

La Recoleta School has been serving Sucre’s needy children for more than 80 years. Many of these children live in slum conditions — homes lacking running water, electricity and even the most rudimentary sanitation. Very few families in this area are able to pay for tuition or purchase school supplies. Children Incorporated works in conjunction with the care provided at La Recoleta School — assisting with tuition and basic necessities — to help improve the lives of children here.