Many children who arrive at Esperanza Viva Youth Homes are several grades behind their peers, or have never attended school, and average a 2nd grade level of education—yet many of them are 12 years of age or older. In Mexico, one of the first and most devastating effects of the recent economic hardship we’ve witnessed is the difficulty for children to attend and remain in school. The need to overcome this obstacle is crucial for this and future generations.
The vision of Nations School is to provide a well-rounded educational experience in which students are encouraged to discover and develop all the gifts that God has given them. We believe that integrating academic learning and vocational training teaches life skills and prepares the children for the future. Through the educational program, they receive hope and vision for their future, and are enabled to excel beyond their past to develop the confidence to achieve higher goals and dreams.
Since Nations School began in 1996, more than 500 children have taken classes at the school. We provide them with an environment which challenges their minds and maximizes their potential.
Helping Students achieve their dreams…
Living Hope International offers two distinct educational scholarship funds.
The A-B-Cs of Rescuing Children
When Jerry and Susy McNally founded Esperanza Viva Youth Home in Puebla, Mexico in 1994, their plan was to get children off the streets, to give them shelter and love, and to teach them a trade. The carpentry shop was an important part of the orphanage. Soon, however, they discovered that most of the young boys did not know how to count, much less read, write or do multiplication.
The McNallys realized that without a basic education, these abandoned children would not have a chance to become productive, self-sufficient citizens but merely survivors. Nations School was born from the need to educate and prepare the children of Esperanza Viva for a successful future. Since its creation in 1996, more than 420 children have taken classes at the school.
In a country where many young people do not finish junior high school, Nations School provides quality education for at-risk children. Many of our students had rarely or never attended classes before entering our school. We provide them with a learning environment which challenges their minds, expands their horizons, and maximizes their potential.
Beyond the Basics
The vision of Nations School is to provide a more inclusive type of educational experience in which students are encouraged to discover and develop all the gifts that God has given them. We believe that integrating academic learning and vocational training teaches life skills and better prepares the children for the future. Through Nations School, the children receive hope and vision for their future, are enabled to excel beyond their past, and develop the confidence to achieve higher goals and dreams. Quality primary and secondary education is crucial for these children.
In addition to basic education, our school provides workshops in English, computer skills, physical education, and the arts. We also offer the opportunity to continue their education once the children finish high school.
Time-lapse video of the construction in progress
We welcome you to join us in watching the construction of our first-ever on-site school for the kids of Esperanza Viva-Puebla. We will be adding frequent updates to this video as our footage grows and we march toward completion, equipping and the dedication of this blessing to the full-time use of educating our children.