Great news! After 3 years of hard work the student residence is completed! This beautiful building serves as home for Indigenous Mexican boys and girls who are completing High School in Oaxaca and preparing for admission to University in Mexico City. The building is located on a beautiful tract of land 9 miles from the center of Oaxaca City. Saul is already planning for a second residence on this site. This represents the only chance for a college education and a productive life that these poor Indian boys and girls from the Sierra Madre mountains will ever have. And most importantly their Christian Transformation can take place in this structured but loving environment.

Student Residence under Construction

Student Residence under Construction

When I visited Oaxaca, Mexico, in February 2009 the student residence was well underway. Under Saul’s leadership many volunteer groups from the U.S. and the U.K had worked over two summers in the construction. The indigenous Indian high school students living in the temporary residences in Oaxaca City worked every weekend and in most of their spare time on this exciting project. This residence lies on land purchased by Armonia with contributions from individuals, churches, and Armonia U.S. Inc in the U.S. and Armonia U.K in the United Kingdom. The land lies in a valley with mountains in the background. Water for the residence comes from springs in the mountains above. There is ample land for more than one student residence as the high school education program grows. In addition land is being set aside to grow various crops to enhance food production and to teach new agricultural technics to students who may wish to return to their native villages with new productive ideas

IMG_0255When the first indigenous Indian students came to Oaxaca seeking a High School Education under the care and direction of Armonia Ministries, it was necessary to find a High School that would accept them. All of the Indian students had low grade point averages (GPA) and many did not speak Spanish very well since they had used their native dialects in their mountain villages, some Chinanteca, some Zapoteca. Also they were relatively darked skinned. All of these served as limitations, and as a result all the High Schools in Oaxaca city refused entrance to them. Saul Cruz and Armonia found this High School several miles outside Oaxaca City and they were enrolled. Now some three years later, High Schools in Oaxaca have opened their doors to these students. And they have refused to change schools! They are happy and accepted where they are. I had the pleasure of meeting the Principal in April as well as several teachers. It is a happy, productive school and I think they made a good decision.