A School that is part of COCREF

School of Hope

Many people in Hato Nuevo live on a day-to-day basis for food and basic necessities. Most are unable to afford even the most basic school supplies, but they understand the power of a Christian education and desire to see their children succeed. Meaning "The Hope," La Esperanza is a beacon of hope for the members of this community.

La Esperanza was founded on October 12th, 1992, with the aim of providing quality Christ-centred education at a low cost to this financially struggling community. Initially, the school began by offering pre-school through Grade 3, but has since continued to expand and add grades. By 1999, the school was able to officially offer a full elementary education through Grade 8 and enrollment continues to increase.

In 2002, this school added new classrooms and bathrooms. In 2011, with the assistance of HANDS Teams, 4 classrooms were been added to finish the new wing.  With the school's decision to offer high school education at the same location it became necessary to dismantle a row of older classrooms to make room for further expansion.  Again, with HANDS teams helping, a large two storey expansion was planned and constructed.  With the completion of this addition the school has room to fully accommodate both their primary and secondary schools.

The improved facilities will give children in Hato Nuevo the opportunity to receive quality, secondary level education right in their own community for the first time!  This will reduce their cost to complete their high school education, creating opportunity for the future and, most importantly, providing them with an education founded on a Biblical worldview and the eternal hope of the Gospel that transforms lives!

Mary Vander Flier
Jul 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

It is wonderful to see,how God has blessed the work of the HANDS teams,may it be a blessing to the teachers and students there,and His Name be Glorified and Praised,in the years to come.

Mar 12, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Its wonderful to see this side of the new school building completed..I was blessed to be a part of the HANDS team that was there last Feb 2011...God is truly blessing this school and pray that it may continue to grow and be a blessing in that community..

Jun 26, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Awesome to see the second story, I was there twice to help paint the first new side and then secondly to help dig the foundation of the second side. What a blessing to see the kids again, see they are well, see the other teams serving. I can already envision the completed project and see how God will be doing a mighty work in that community. I pray God's blessing on Mary and her staff. I pray for Dorquidea, Emely, Katherine and Yocaira in grade 5 blessing for their families, and protection over them.

Jul 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm

It is wonderful to see the progess that is being made on this school building. Praying that it will continue to be a beacon of God's light in this poor neighbourhood.

Sep 15, 2014 at 11:59 am

Wow. Amazing to see how much has been done since my trip in 2012. God is good! All the time!

Sep 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

And all the time God is good!!

Oct 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

It is so cool to see the upstairs roofed and painted. Lots of work done since March '14.

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