In January 2014, ASOEMPO, in partnership with the Village of Barra de Lámpara and the parents of ten villages, founded a secondary school and started operating school boats to address the high rate of adolescent girls out of school. While our mission is girls, we found a high rate of boys out of school as well, and so we founded a public school based on equal access to education. More than 100 children ages 12-18 from ten rural communities enrolled—half of them girls.
And so the Instituto Nacional Educación Básica de Barra de Lámpara came into being. Together with many collaborators and supporters, we have created a sustainable solution for secondary education in our rural area—essential to empowering girls and benefiting all youth.
Our work continues today to develop and support the school to ensure our mission to empower girls through education and empowerment programs—some of which we run inside the school—can continue. We help fund teachers and we fund special projects, including the installation of a computer classroom to prepare youth with tech skills as well as bathrooms to improve the sanitation and hygiene, which is especially important for adolescent girls.
See Our Projects for additional details about the work we are doing.