A look at Istmina

December is the perfect month to take a stock before everyone disappears into the holiday frenzy. We want to take this opportunity to update you on the construction progress these past six months in Istmina.

Rooms with partitions walls in the second floor

A little more than five months have passed since the extension of the Colegio Diocesano San Josè began. A lot of work lies ahead of us – but the progress so far puts in quite the appearance. We are very proud and happy that everything is going so well: In one of the wings of the school building, the construction of the second floor is far advanced and you can easily picture the students taking lessons here in the near future. Fundamental steps including the roof and the partitioning walls have been successfully completed.

Basic structure at the other wing

In another wing, the construction is proceeding more slowly, but the fundamental structure is awaiting the next additions. Some of the students have to be relocated during the extension of the school, but by reconstructing one wing after the other the disruption is minimized: lessons take place in the parts of the building with no ongoing construction. This way the day-to-day school routines can continue as usual. The team is advancing step by step. Currently, the winter break comes in handy as nobody will be bothered by the construction work.

In the background the first construction part, in the foreground the second one

And once everything is completed, the school will house 459 instead of 202 students. All grades can be offered, including the two required for obtaining the general university entrance qualification. Therefore, the spatial reorganization will be extended by revisions to form and content. The teaching program will be broadened and all class rooms will be equipped with everything necessary for a high-quality education across all subjects. This also means there will finally be laboratories for chemistry and physics lessons.

In doing so CASA HOGAR can – together with your help – contribute to an equal access to education and a sound preparation for the university. Because even though the Colegio is a private school, it waives the tuition for children of socially deprived families.

As you can see, a lot has happened – and a lot lies ahead. We want to thank the entire team, especially the principal of the school, Padre Doney, for the wonderful collaboration, and you for the active support – even when times were difficult.

Happy holidays to everyone and a successful start to a happy new year!