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.