El Chino High School, Peru
Travelers get ready... a flight, a drive and one amazing boat ride into the Peruvian Amazon jungle by way of the mighty Amazon river to the village of Chino, Peru. Here the local community is waiting for you to join them as we work together to build their new school.
Community activist Dolly Beaver and her organization Angels of the Amazon have worked in the region for over 30 years serving the underserved, promoting health, education and the empowerment of women. As part of their education initiatives AoA wanted to see the young students of Chino Village have access to education after elementary school. In this village the government had only provided an elementary school with no high school for students to move on to. Dolly mobilized the community and together they opened a makeshift high school in a communal building. The communities dedication to making a high school work gained the ministry of educations support and eventually certified government teachers were sent on rotation to Chino High School. In order to be successful long term AoA knew they would need real infrastructure and a high school campus. In 2014 AoA sent an application to BTCV for aid.
The BTCV board of directors sent site evaluators to Chino village to conduct an on site needs analysis. began interviews with community leaders, teachers, parents and students