CHUQUIBAMBILLA HIGH SCHOOL
Chuquibambilla High School, Pangoa, Peru
This is the Costa Foundations first school in Peru, and is located in the central highlands providing access to education to an indigenous Indian tribe. Before the school was built, the children in this community were faced with a 24 kms (15 mile) walk to the nearest high school.
Chuquibambilla is 891 kms (553 miles) North West of Lima situated in a mountainous area renowned for its high quality coffee. The school has been built right in the centre of the village acting as a beacon for the community.
In Peru, children in rural schools achieve lower grades than those in urban schools partly caused by the poor conditions in rural areas. The Costa Foundation therefore set out to provide a school as good as any school in urban Peru in an attempt to address this imbalance.
Uniquely, this project was designed and project managed by Marta Maccaglia, a professional architect who lived in the community for the whole 9 months of construction and gave her time willingly to ensure that this school would meet the needs of the community now, and forever.
The school has many wonderful features and is built entirely from local materials, giving the students a quality environment in which to learn.
The celebrations at the opening of the school were joyful with teachers and children wearing their traditional costumes, tribal face paints and carrying the bows and arrows that they use on a daily basis for hunting.
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