Cerritos had been petitioning Alma for a project since 2016, but because the community is part of the large Trinidad Municipality, we always opted to work with more isolated communities. However, after expanding in Beni, Bolivia in 2019, we had projects in all of the viable isolated communities and were looking for a couple more communities to work in. Cerritos again asked us for a visit, this time convincing the mayor of Trinidad to present their request on their behalf.

We decided to visit, and in 2019 began an afterschool project with primary school students that reinforces state-mandated academic content and promotes critical/creative thinking through dynamic projects based 100% on the students’ indigenous culture and values.