January 2005, Colegio John Wesley (The John
Wesley School) began operations. It is the
first school started by the National Evangelical
Primitive Methodist Church of Guatemala. Though
organized by the Methodist Church of Guatemala,
the John Wesley School provides a non-denominational
Christian education to children who otherwise might
not receive one. The John Wesley School is particularly
focused on providing education to disabled or special
needs children, financially needy children, and
children of pastors. The school receives no substantial
financial support from Methodist Church of Guatemala.
John Wesley School desperately needs new space.
The directors of the John Wesley School, Amilcar
Solórzano and Fausto Natareno, have asked
Pura Vida to coordinate support of a construction
project, particularly fundraising and interaction
among groups interested in the John Wesley Schools
success. We are seeking volunteers and financial
supporters to make this project possible.
Situation (2006) In its second year, the John Wesley School
has almost 100 students enrolled in grades 1,
2, 3, 6, and 7. Next year, more grades will be
added. Student enrolment is well ahead of projections,
and the John Wesley School currently operates
in two sessions to accommodate the numbers: a
morning session for Primaria (grades
1- 6), and an afternoon session for Básico
(grades 7 - 9). But space is already limited,
and this arrangement will not easily contain next
years student body. Additional classrooms
are needed as more grade levels are added..
Plan (2007 - 2012)
The John Wesley School is situated on the former
site of the Hogar del Niño orphanage in
downtown Santa Cruz. Its location on a city block
provides no room for horizontal expansion. The
expansion project, therefore, includes adding
a second level to one wing of the school to provide
space for grades 10 12.
project is divided into two phases. Phase 1 included
demolition and reconstruction of the first level
to accommodate the second level; Phase 2 includes
construction of the second level. Phase 1 was
completed in January, 2008. Phase 2 is projected
to cost approximately $120,000. The phase 2 construction
effort is scheduled to take place between school
sessions (November 2008 - January 2009). Because
of the relatively brief construction schedule,
this will not be primarily a work-team project;
local construction workers will be employed to
get the job done quickly.
You can Help
Pura Vida is seeking support in any of the following
areas. If you are able to provide any of the needed
support, contact us.
Financial Support Theres no need
to send money now, but if you, your company, employer,
or organization would like to pledge financial
support, please let us know how much money you
will donate. We expect to request donations around
August, but want to determine the extent of additional
fundraising that may be required. Donations will
be made through Pura Vida, a 501(c)(3) registered
Fundraisers If additional fundraising
is required, we need volunteers to plan and conduct
those activities. While a few ideas have been
discussed, we intend to form a committee from
among volunteers to finalize the plans and see
them through. If you would like to participate
in fundraising activities for the John Wesley
School, please send us your contact information
and let us know whether you are available to participate
on a planning committee. Please feel free to provide
other details you consider helpful to our use
of your volunteer time.
Organizations We welcome your Sunday
school class, small group, church, club, or organization
to become a sponsor of the John Wesley School.
Individually organized fundraising activities
and periodic offerings are but a couple of ways
your group can help. We would be happy to provide
guest speakers as we are able and additional information
about the John Wesley School to assist your efforts.
We intend to focus particularly on finding a distinguished
sponsor who will provide half or more of the necessary
funds. Two members representing this sponsor will
be invited to attend the opening ceremonies of
the new facility in early January 2009.
Support We invite each of you to include
the John Wesley School, its faculty, and students
in your prayers. If you desire to receive periodic
updates regarding the status of this effort to
thereby focus your prayer support more directly,
please provide us with an email address to which
we can send progress reports.
John Wesley School Director Amilcar
Board member Juan Pablo Ajanel, and co-director