Santa Elena High School, Pangoa, Peru

Hampered by severe rainfall which washed away access roads and made the delivery of material very difficult, this new high school in an extremely remote rural coffee growing area opened to much celebration on the 29th June 2015. 

Santa Elena was founded in 1986 by a group of 32 farmers escaping from the Sierra. In 2001 the community built a small school for their children but as the population grew over the years this school was woefully inadequate. The ministry of education informed us that there were 251 students attending primary schools within the catchment area, many of which were forced to attend classes outside of Santa Elena due to lack of infrastructure. 

In 2013 the Costa Foundation were approached by the community with a plan to build a 6 classroom high school to cater for the needs of all students within the Santa Elena area. This has now been completed and also includes a multifunctional classroom, a computer room, admin block, toilets, water and electricity. 

One of the Costa Foundation Trustees attended the inauguration ceremony which was attended by students from the 12 nearby primary schools, parents, teachers and many of the local dignitaries involved in making the project a reality.   

Click here for a video of the school opening in 2015


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