Escuela Agrícola Virgen de Suyapa sits at the top of a mountain looking across at valleys and steep mountainous fields. The rocky roads lead up to the first school building consisting of two main classrooms, a computer lab, an office and an equipment room. Each classroom is furnished with a white board and desks. The students eat their meals in an open lunch room next to a community kitchen where students cook their own meals with the crops they harvest. Students who travel from far regions of the mountain stay at the school’s two dormitories on weekdays. The agricultural studies are done in the main and mini-greenhouses. A terrace coffee field that surrounds the school on one side of the mountain, and the vegetable field on the other. With a small open courtyard, the kids play soccer every day as well as other activities during their free time.
El Peru is where our students first enter CAFE’s program by attending 7th and 8th grade. While students gain academic knowledge in science, math, and literature, they also begin learning basic agricultural techniques, such as raising food crops and manage water use. This school has several classrooms for each of the grades and a small cafeteria for recess.
Las Crucitas houses grade 1-6 and children walk from many far parts of mountain to attend each day. Classes are held in one room by one teacher who is salaried by the government. Basic reading and math are taught here, but the lack of division in grades limits the students’ interaction with the teacher.