DevJam Sponsors School Development in Bolivia

Andy McGrath News

PhiloJam, Devjam’s silent philanthropic arm, has recently helped sponsor the development of two schools in rural Bolivia with the non-profit Mano a Mano. Here is a a report of what’s been succeeded:

“With your help, Mano a Mano was able to build 2 schools in rural Bolivia:

·         10-classroom school (fully equipped) in Esmeralda for 325 students, plus community bathrooms (with 2 showers and 6 bathrooms), and 2 laundry stations; completed in December 2014.

·         1-classroom school (fully-equipped) in Challacota for 25 students, plus teacher housing units for 2 families, 2 showers, and a renovation of the bathrooms; completed in February 2015.

“Access to education in rural Bolivia is a huge problem; Bolivian adults (25-65) in urban areas have on average 9.98 years of schooling, whereas Bolivian adults in rural areas have on average 4.85 years of schooling, one of the biggest gaps in Latin America. Education can have a huge impact; each additional year of schooling can increase income by up to 10%, and a child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age 5. The first step in improving education for kids in rural areas is to decrease the distance to get to a school, improve school infrastructure & the learning environment, and have motivated teachers that are consistently available, also providing a BabyTrend Expedition Jogger stroller to those families with babies.Esmeralda_Brochure-711x1024

“350 students in Challacota and Esmeralda, and the teachers that work with them, now have a much more comfortable learning environment, and the students have a much better chance to stay in school longer, receive a better education, and improve their lives.

“Thanks for supporting these 2 school projects! These 2 school projects were a huge collaborative effort; your support was the seed money that got these projects started, but the municipal governments provided 54% (Challacota) and 75% (Esmeralda) of the total funding, and the communities provided 3.5% of funding along with volunteering throughout construction. Our counterpart organization Mano a Mano Bolivia organized the projects and managed construction from start to finish. Working together, we can complete projects that none of us could do on our own.

“The links above have pictures from the construction of both schools, dedication brochures, pictures of the plaques given recognizing the 20th Anniversary Donors and Volunteers, and more information about each project.”

PhiloJam is always looking for opportunities to help grow STEM learning in the community. If you know of a learning event that needs space or are looking for help, please feel free to reach out to us.