One of our happy, Castle School students
The Castle Elementary School
These children have little or no opportunity to attend public schools because they must enroll within a few days at the very beginning of the first semester or miss the entire year. And most of these children do not have a required birth certificate or money to buy shoes, school supplies and uniforms.
In 2003 under a tree by a dusty road, we began to tell these poor Oaxacan children living in cardboard shacks in rural Ensenada about Jesus. After a focused five-year search for affordable property to build a Christian elementary school near the migrant hovels, we bought a strategically located property with help from Mission advocates Bobbi Adkins, Tim Springer and friends.
Then little-by-little, we built a Disney-style castle with five classrooms and have a current enrollment of 175 Oaxacan children. The Mexican government was so impressed with our rural elementary school that they decided to help by providing five trained and partially paid teachers.
Supervisor Selene Contreras, and our ten teachers are making a lasting difference for children who are among the poorest in Mexico and beyond. The goal of our Christian kinder, elementary and Jr. high school is that more poor children come to know, love and serve Jesus. We teach the little ones to read and write and even enjoy math, music, art and history.
Our five classrooms are crowded so we hope to build two more soon. We just finished pouring a large concrete sidewalk in front of the classrooms and a more sturdy concrete supported chain link fence in front of the school to keep the dogs out and our kids safe inside.