Schools and Nurseries

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Providing a Safe Place to Learn

The garbage dump is a dangerous place. Volunteers and donations help build schools and nurseries where children can feel safe. International Samaritan works with local partners to help maintain these schools once they are built to ensure high quality education and safety to every child that attends one of our schools or nurseries. In 2017, International Samaritan supported 11 schools and nurseries throughout Central America. 


Schools supported


Students attended IS sponsored schools


Books donated


With as little as $30 per month you can provide tuition for a child living in the garbage dump to get an education.

Our Schools and Nurseries


Francisco Coll School: Educates approximately 250 students each year in grades 1-8 and has been funded since 1998. The school, located on the edge of the Guatemala City Dump, has a traditional program that prepares students for the next level of education.

Santa Clara Nursery: Serves approximately 250 infants and children through age 5. It was built by International Samaritan in 1999 and has had several major renovations over the years. The program is designed to provide Montessori educational preparation for grade school, parent education, and to be a safe haven for infants and children of the dump.

Santa Maria Basico School



Nursery San Ignacio Loyola: Located in San Pedro Sula, this facility helps protect 50 children from the dangerous hazards of the dump, providing nutrition and education services while parents work at the landfill.

School Escurela RR. MM.: This school serves 700 students in two shifts in San Pedro Sula. Infrastructure upgrades and other improvements are being funded by International Samaritan. 



Jose Artigas Center of Education, Ciudad Sandino: Provides free public education to more than 3,100 children grades pre-K to 10 and some adults. International Samaritan supports this school with funds to support the classrooms, bathrooms, and play areas of the school so they are safe places of learning. 

Photo credit: Timothy Bouldry