Olivensa is an area with a population of about 10,000 people of which 6,000 are school age children. The area had only two schools and RISE added the 3rd school in response to the enormous need. Built in 2006, the school was one of the original design and one of the first built in Huila. Some benches were provided for students, but many carry their own chair or can on which to sit.
A dedication ceremony was held on Monday, May 1, 2006. More than 300 people attended the ceremony including government officials and the local Administrator, who cut the inauguration ribbon. One of the students wrote and read a speech of gratitude. There was a symbolic handing over of school supplies and clothing that were shipped from the US, and students received basic textbooks. The celebration continued throughout the afternoon.
We are currently fundraising to build the Sope school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2018. This school will educate 600 children.