Fortunately, children's education is becoming a higher priority throughout Colombia as peace continues to spread throughout even the rural areas. In addition, the agricultural sector is experiencing an ongoing economic downturn. Parents along with governmental officials recognize the need to allow these children's horizons to be expanded beyond the limits of campesino life. Many understand that learning English is a key that can open doors to previously unimaginable opportunities, even for children in Tarso. But funding to improve Patio Bonito's facilities and teaching resources is very limited.
PharmaCielo Foundation has adopted Patio Bonito with the aim of working together with the school manager and Tarso Mayor Hugo Ocampo, a staunch education proponent, to transform this meager facility into an environment that unlocks doors to higher-level employment opportunities and unlimited possibilities. We want to help develop a nurturing, comfortable environment in which children can set aside the hardships they face at home while they focus on creativity and learning, and where their teacher has access to the resources necessary to provide a true 21st-century education.
Patio Bonito now employs one remarkable teacher to educate these children, of varied grade levels, together in two rooms fitted with desks, chairs, a few books and computers but not much else. The cracked asphalt playground is dangerous to run and play on, and lacking in sporting equipment. The two restrooms have only a hole in the floor, without toilets. The dining/kitchen facilities are severely lacking, limiting the school's ability to provide nutritious meals.
PharmaCielo Foundation's goal is to provide the needed resources and proper design, planning and implementation to enhance the classroom, playground, restrooms and kitchen. Specifically, we intend to provide: