Anatoli School, La Mesa, Colombia

Completed in January 2008 this school building replaced an old school damaged by earthquake in 2005. The Costa Foundation has provided six classrooms, computer room, library, canteen and playground and kindergarten facilities.

277 children and 12 teachers benefit from these facilities and the community has developed a farm project on a plot of land about half a mile away from the school where food is grown for school meals. This ensures that children are eating nutritious food and helps them to concentrate during their lessons. Some of the ten year old children are responsible for each element of the farm; vegetable plot, fish farm, chicken farm and a small coffee plantation.

In addition to the Costa Foundation’s investment in Anatoli School, Intel has provided the children with small (Casebook” laptops for use at the school which has also provided a fantastic learning resource for the teachers.

La Mesa is a town located on top of a plateau in the department of Cundinamarca; 62 kms (38 miles)  from Bogota. It has a population of 27,500 of which 46% are under the age of 20. Most are farmers owning less than a hectare of land and coffee is the principle crop grown here.

Click here for a video of the school revisit in 2014


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