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Livingston Alcalde Interiano thanks ASOEMPO for launching the school and announces municipal plans to fund two teachers, one starting this year in June. The Director of the Ministry of Education also announced plans to fund three teachers next year. Profe Julio (left), the school director, is proud to serve the families of ten villages.
Livingston Alcalde Interiano thanks ASOEMPO for launching the school and announces municipal plans to fund two teachers, one starting this year in June. The Director of the Ministry of Education also announced plans to fund three teachers next year. Profe Julio (left), the school director, is proud to serve the families of ten villages.
On Thursday, May 15, the students from 10 rural villages and their parents celebrated the inauguration of their new secondary school (grades 7-9) with music, food, family, futbol, and visiting Guatemalan dignitaries.

The inauguration was officiated by Julio Escobar, the director of the school, and the Alcalde of Livingston, Vicente Interiano.

All dressed up for the occasion.
All dressed up for the occasion.

Also attending: the governor of Izabal, state and municpal Ministry of Education officials, community leaders, school teachers, and the women of ASOEMPO, the nonprofit organization that founded the school in collaboration with a host of supporters.

“I visited several villages last year and was overwhelmed by the number of children who just wanted to go to school—there were so many who had graduated 6th grade but had no way to go on to 7th grade. It really tugs at the heart,” says Annie Richey, first mate of s/v Emma and founder of ASOEMPO (Asociación Empoderamiento) <http://asoempo.org/>.

“Let’s get these kids in school, that was our idea. In January, we launched this school with the village of Barra de Lámpara and we started running two school buses. 116 kids from 10 villages enrolled, half of them girls.”

Within two months of opening, the school was recognized by the Ministry of Education as a public institute and within 5 months, government funding of all five teachers has been committed for the 2015 year. “Gracias a Dios,” says one mother, “we have education for our children and their children tomorrow.”

Annie and the women of ASOEMPO would like to thank Profe Julio and the community leaders of the village of Barra de Lámpara, the Guatemalan officials, and the many donors who have made this possible.

And a special thanks to the many contributors in the Rio Dulce sailing community who are making a difference in the lives of these children and their families through their donations and by purchasing a sail bag made by Tom — all proceeds donated to the program.

Sailors are welcome to visit the school any school day between 1 and 4pm. It’s just a 15 minute dinghy ride from Burnt Key (formerly Texan Bay Marina). Travel down on your own or arrange transportation at the marina or by calling Tom, sailmaker/rigger at (502) 5776-5856.

Want to make a difference? Help keep those buses running! Donate on-line at www.asoempo.org, at the marina, or through Tom. Many thanks.

The governor of Izabal (in the center, blue denim shirt) and other officials show their support for the new school. Members of the police force (two on the right, and two far left) attend as well, an unusual sight in this rural area.
The governor of Izabal (in the center, blue denim shirt) and other officials show their support for the new school. Members of the police force (two on the right, and two far left) attend as well, an unusual sight in this rural area.

Parents participate in discussions with officials while enjoying shade under the canopy built by their children—students in Industrial Arts class

Girls and boys celebrating their new school. More than 90 of the 116 students would not be in school without ASOEMPO's programs.
Girls and boys celebrating their new school. More than 90 of the 116 students would not be in school without ASOEMPO's programs.

The SS Jacobs, one of two ASOEMPO school buses (thank you Jim & Jean!), transported parents on Inauguration Day with gasoline funds donated by the municipality. ASOEMPO runs two school buses, transporting more than 80 rural children from 10 villages to school every day.
The SS Jacobs, one of two ASOEMPO school buses (thank you Jim & Jean!), transported parents on Inauguration Day with gasoline funds donated by the municipality. ASOEMPO runs two school buses, transporting more than 80 rural children from 10 villages to school every day.

Sonia Lemus, co-founder of ASOEMPO, Coordinator of the Girls Program, and the school’s English teacher.

The view from the school, located between Livingston and the eastern edge of El Golfete in the village of Barra de Lampara.
The view from the school, located between Livingston and the eastern edge of El Golfete in the village of Barra de Lampara.

Tom, captain of svEMMA and boss at Quemado Sails & Rigging, standing in for Annie while she’s in the states fundraising for teachers, school buses, and girls' clubs.

A celebration for all generations.
A celebration for all generations.
 

 
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