Colegio Del Sagrado Corazón, COVID-19 Support – La Paz, Colombia

The Sagrado Corazón college offers schooling for poor children of all ages in one of the poorest areas of Barranquila Colombia. Two brothers of the Sacred Heart congregation started a middle school for the poorest children of Barranquila in the hopes of offering high quality education to the poorest communities. In the first year the Colegio del Sagrado Corazon started with 30 students, and every year since they have grown in number of students to 1’800 children nowadays. The Colegio del Sagrado Corazón has also expanded to now have 5 schools in different areas to provide education for as many poor communities as possible and has grown to include primary, middle and high school to cover all levels of childhood education.

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  • Students before COVID-19 Lockdowns
  • Continued education through Zoom
  • Primary School classes on Zoom during Lockdown
  • Preparation of Food Packages
  • Delivering Food Packages to Families in Need
  • New Academic Year Opening Ceremony

History

In 1958, two brothers from the Sacred Heart Congregation moved to Colombia to start the Colegio del Sagrado Corazon to provide education for the poorest communities of Colombia. The 5 schools that are a part of the Colegio del Sagrado Corazon now help to educate 1’800 students between the ages of 5 and 18 every year.

In 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns in Colombia to prevent the spread of this virus, the Colegio del Sagrado Corazón had to change their system from in-person learning to virtual learning. This however proved to be difficult for some of their poorest students as they did not have sufficient access to internet or were missing electronic devices that would allow them to connect to the online classes. Aside from this lack of access to the internet or electronic devices, many of the families struggled as there was a high rise in unemployment, especially for the non-skilled workers. Due to this rise in unemployment, many parents were not able to provide enough food for their families, so the Colegio del Sagrado Corazón also started a nutritional support program which consisted in bringing food packages to those families that were unable to provide for themselves.

Mission

The mission of the Colegio del Sagarado Corazón is to provide quality education to the poorest communities in Barranquilla Colombia and ensure that children from all socio-economic backgrounds are able to finish their basic schooling and therefore are also be better prepared for the job market.

The Project supported by the Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust

Thanks to our support the Colegio del Sagrado Corazón was able to provide electronic devices and internet connections for 204 students between the ages of 6 and 10 years old for 6 months as well as providing their families with food packages for those 6 months.