As a result of the generosity and hard work of so many this year, we have been able to make significant progress on the renovations of the new “Mandarina” school in La Limonada. About 95 children have been attending school while saws have been buzzing and hammers have been banging all around them. They have been moved from room to room and squeezed into corners of the building so the renovations could continue.
When the work is completed, more than 150 children will be able to attend (and many more when we are able to hire additional staff). The space will also house a carpentry workshop that will provide vocational training for gang members who will learn a trade that will give them a way out of the cycle of drugs and violence.
And plans are moving forward to utilize the space on the third floor for worship services on Sunday mornings!
The remaining work, which includes all labor, the construction of several interior walls, completion of restrooms, completion of the carpentry workshop, all interior classroom doors, completion of the kitchen (sink, counters, storage area for food, etc.), about 20 more windows and screens, all furnishings (desks, chairs, kitchen supplies, etc), closets, and securing all entry points to keep rats out of the building.
At this point, we have raised $5,500 toward the completion of the project. An additional $11,800 is needed.
To donate to this project, please visit our Online Donation Page. When making a donation, please write “Mandarina Renovations” in the comments box.
Thanks for prayerfully considering a donation toward this project that will impact the lives of so many in La Limonada!