Love Light + Melody and Open Hearts Ministries are partnering to build Ileana’s School at Club Esperanza, a grade school in the Villa Guadalupe resettlement community to serve kids who formerly lived in the La Chureca trash dump. Ileana’s school will offer preschool through Grade 6 education, with hopes of expanding to offer high school education in the future.
Ileana’s School will provide an education for up to 400 kids in the Villa Guadalupe community. The school will also serve as a community center space, which will add value and unity to the entire community. Potential community activities and services include:
Vocational training and language classes for adults
Community meetings and gatherings
The current Club Esperanza facility includes two mixed-use buildings, including classrooms and a kitchen. The school expansion plan would create the following additional facilities:
Six additional classrooms to serve all of the primary grades (one, two-story building with three classrooms on the first level and three classrooms on the second level)
Art Center including music and art studios, a library, and computer lab
Covered sports complex
Additional playground for the preschool and kindergarten students
Convert the existing preschool/kindergarten building into a community center space
Maintain the existing feeding center building as a cafeteria for the school
In the Fall of 2017 Love Light + Melody and Open Hearts Ministries bought land adjacent to the existing Club Esperanza property for the school campus. The purchased property will provide the needed space for the 6- classroom building and art center.
Once the first phase of the project is complete (classrooms + art center), Love Light + Melody and Open Hearts Ministries will explore options for acquiring additional land for the next phase of the project – a sports complex adjacent to the school.