Project started: March 2019 | Fundraising goal: EUR 10.000 first year, then EUR 1000 yearly

Trivium Foundation is supporting a school project of the Federico Hecker Foundation, who implement social and ecological projects in rural areas of the Pando Department in Bolivia. More than 80 indigenous families will benefit from this project.

Location

The Department of Pando is home to Bolivia’s Amazon rainforest, with a total area of 6,382,700 hectares. In the past two decades, this region has experienced a population growth of 190%. However, it continues to be the least populated and most underdeveloped Department in Bolivia. The population growth has occurred along with a displacement of the population to urban and suburban centers. Families in rural Pando heavily depend on the seasonal collection of Brazil nuts as their primary source of income. The result we witness today is a rural area with a low population density, over 500 widely dispersed, isolated communities across the department and critical shortcomings in the provision of basic services, which together with only seasonal economic opportunity has increased chronic poverty and migration.

The educational opportunities are unequally distributed in the Department of Pando, both between urban and rural areas and in the type of education offered.

The rural area in particular presents several difficulties. In general, rural schools only offer some elementary courses and not always the complete primary-education curriculum. School infrastructure often does not meet basic requirements; lacking classrooms, restrooms and recreational areas. In addition, many schools lack educational materials, school furniture and most importantly, teachers.

The project

Our first joint project with Hylea 1884, one of Rhumveld’s main brazilnut suppliers, is building a new school in the village of Fortaleza that equals the infrastructure of a private rural educational unit and ensures good, dynamic and sustainable education. In this way, we aim to ensure access to quality, inclusive and equitable primary education for all children. In the future, they also want to use this new facility to provide technical and vocational education and training opportunities to Fortaleza’s youth.

The construction of the new school began in October 2018 and finished in June 2019. In total, the school ground has an area of 1,200m2. Once the new calendar year starts, in February 2020, the school will be 100% operational.

Structure:

  • 8 classrooms, each of 49 m2 and with a capacity for 30 students
  • 2 sanitary blocks with 5 bathrooms each
  • A large multipurpose room, a library and a teacher’s room
  • Good quality furniture adapted to the rainforest climate
  • New school books and an equipped library
  • A computer room
  • A playground and multifunctional sports facility

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