International Samaritan broke ground on a seventh to ninth grade school in the desperately poor garbage dump community of Ocotillo, Honduras. According to the United Nations, the average adult in Honduras has a sixth grade education. A ninth grade education, along with job training, will give the children of Ocotillo the opportunity to find work outside of the garbage dump. For many, these children will be the first in their families to obtain a ninth grade education.

The school will be located next to the International Samaritan K-Sixth Grade School. I.S. is partnering with the Municipality of San Pedro Sula and the Honduras Ministry of Education on the project. Over 600 students attend the International Samaritan K-sixth grade school. More than 300 additional young people will be served after the expansion.

Volunteers from Gannon University, Erie, PA, participated in the groundbreaking. The classrooms will be built over a three-year period, so if you or your institution would like to come and help, please contact Andrew Pawuk,