“A Journey Beyond the Trail” by Stuart Oswald

Stuart Oswald, an independent journalist, traveller and systems engineer, visited La Esperanza School in Colombia in November 2012.

‘A journey Beyond the Trail’ is a story about his visit to the school.

I met the school’s coordinator, Mr Enrique Chacon, We talked at length and he explained the history of the school and its founding by the Costa Coffee Foundation, Colombian Government and the Coffee Growers Federation

Basically, it's a neat project fulfilling these organizations offering to rural communities. He showed me around the school pointing out initiatives and plans, along with their telemedicine initiative enabling students and locals to connect with doctors in the capital.

There is a computer classroom that is well equipped with network connections, high-speed Satellite internet and a fancy projector. Each child has access to a fully functional Windows 7 laptop computer.

The students give me a tour of the school's very own farm.

Never seeing a coffee plant before in all my life, I’m surprised when students pull out notebooks by junior trees with their names tagged to each individually. They take notes and measurements of their plant for some coursework. It is explained to me that a portion of the farm's produce is used to fund the continued upkeep of the farm making it all sustainable.

Visit Stuart’s website here to read the full story with videos - http://www.stuartoswald.com/2012/11/a-journey-beyond-trail-la-esperanza.html



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