Every child deserves to have access to a quality education. Unfortunately, in high-poverty communities around the globe, public schools are often unwilling or unable to accept children with intellectual disabilities. For that reason, Eternal Anchor started a special education school in rural Baja California Mexico in 2015. Today, we have 50 students and more than 20 local teachers offering quality, individualized educational services. A new school building will allow us to double our capacity and improve the quality of education we offer to our students.
Every day we pick up 50 children and 20 adults so they can attend our education programs. Without reliable transportation, most of our students wouldn’t be able to attend our program and wouldn’t have access to a quality education, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. We are raising money for a van to replace a suburban that has broken down. The van will have more space to pick up students and will have better gas mileage than the suburban, which means we will be paying less each month on gas.
With two homes completed, we are now ready to finish our parking area. Currently, we park all of our vehicles on dirt. Loading children who use wheelchairs in and out of vehicles every day is a challenge when the parking area isn’t paved (especially when it rains and the dirt turns to mud). We are raising money to make the entire parking area wheelchair-accessible. When finished, we’ll have space to park 15 vehicles.
In rural regions of Mexico, literacy rates for children and adults with special needs are abysmal. Those fortunate enough to be allowed in public schools are often left behind, unable to read or write. Eternal Anchor’s school has a number of students that are learning basic literacy. An important tool for this learning process is access to books. We are currently raising money to create a library that will include more than 500 new children’s books as well as a new computer and library support software.
To save money each month and to promote renewable, green energy in our region, we are reaising money to install three solar panels at our base. These panels will provide all the electricity needed to run two homes and our special education school, saving us money that we can apply to other operational expenses.
Our onsite leadership team is in desperate need of new computers to efficiently carry out their daily administrative responsibilities. Money raised will help us purchase three new computers for our School, Ranch, and Community Outreach departments.