Oaxaca High School Residence Program


Armonia continues to grow. We have some new pictures of the student residence in Oaxaca and the summer activities there taken by the Elk Rapids, Michigan group led by Stan Holzhauer.  In addition to High school completion Saul tries to expand his students skills in many other ways including farming and development of up to date agricultural methods. Among these is the raising of chickens.  With this in mind the Elk Rapids team built a chicken coop on the grounds.  Other students continue to work on the student residence. There is always more work to be done on this beautiful tract of land outside Oaxaca city.

Working at the Residence

A Heavy Load

IMG_0285High in the Sierra Madre mountains of southeastern Mexico little Joaquin, age 13, walks and runs six miles over mountain trails. Wildcats and mountain lions make this terrain their home. He reaches the bus for Yalalag and rides another 8 miles. He has heard there are opportunities for a high school education there. None is provided in his village.

“I left my village to get an education. My father said “you cannot stay here, you must go on. There is nothing for you in the village. You must go on to school. I believed my father and vowed never to return as a peasant to my village.”

Joachin, now 25, is an honor student at the four year University in Oaxaca. When he finishes he will be a professional engineer. He was picked up and nurtured by Armonia, a Christian Transformation organization, who fed him, sheltered him, and supported him through a high school education in Yalalag after he made his way there at age 13 and later in Oaxaca. And they taught him to speak Spanish. Even though a Mexican,he spoke his Indian dialect and broken Spanish, impossible to understand in a Mexican University.