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PARAGUAY: New School Helps Students Grow

Current Project

Project Overview

Anticipated Lives Impacted: 140+ (Includes enrolled students and their parents, as well as children attending a Saturday Bible Club)

Grant Amount: $77,080 (Cost per beneficiary: $550.36)

How can you contribute?
For $2,688, you can bring electricity to the facility. For $3,000, you can equip the preschool. For $5,500, you can build three restrooms for the school.

Approved by the ARDF Global Trustees: November 2016

Project Description

Zeballos Cue is a poor, densely populated urban neighborhood in Paraguay’s capital of Asunción. Despite a large population of school -aged children, there are only three schools to serve them all. This project will enable Redeemer Anglican Church to build a new facility doubling the existing enrollment of children at the Escuela Pepe Semillita (Pepe Semillita Preschool). The existing school was founded in 2008, and the existing classrooms are dilapidated and prone to flooding during the raining season. Although the preschool has offered limited services for the first eight years, it now has the support of the Paraguayan Anglican Church, which has expertise in education and has offered financial support until the school becomes self-sustaining. Once complete, students will receive a Christian education, learn Christian values, and gain a better understanding of the Christian faith while also stimulating their minds for future learning. The facility will also serve community members by hosting an adult education program for parents and a Saturday Bible study club with a free lunch for local children. Youth from the local church will volunteer for this program. On Sundays, the church will use the classrooms for Sunday school. More than a preschool, these spaces will be a community center bringing people together in the name of Christ. This is just the beginning of bigger plans as the church plans to build an additional classroom every year from 2018. This will allow the school to accommodate older students each year, growing from a pre-school into a full primary school with students up to the 9th grade.

In their own words:

“I used to see children leaving the church every day, so I came here to ask what they were doing here. They told me about the preschool, so I requested a space for my little girl. Silvana was very shy, but when she began attending school she started to be more confident and started sharing with other children. What she most enjoyed were the Bible stories. What I most appreciate was the good treatment that Gloria [de Maldonado, the school’s founder] gave to the children and the teaching on values.” — Blanca Susana Bueno, the single mother of 8-year-old Silvana Maibel Morinigo of Zeballos Cue, Asunción, Paraguay

This project has been fully funded and we are waiting for the final report.

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