The Teddy Bears School
Bears School is located in the Loma Fresca barrio of Cartagena. Since its purchase
in 2000, the school has been upgraded and repaired. A shower area was constructed to provide the children facilities to bathe
since they do not have running water in their homes. In 2006, planning began to enlarge the school to address the growing
number of children who are hungry.
The school provides food, education and a safe haven. These are basic needs for children, and for most,
the food is their only source of nutrition. Poverty 'is' the barrio.
The teachers at
the school are social workers and students from the university. Parents assist the teachers with the children in the classrooms. In
addition, volunteer nurses assist by providing for basic health care needs.