Where We Work
Currently, Rural Ed serves over 200 children a year working in Don Diego and La Palma, two communities in the San Miguel de Allende area.
La Palma is located about 5 km from San Miguel de Allende on the road to Dolores Hidalgo. La Palma's economy is primarily agricultural, although some residents work in San Miguel de Allende due to its proximity. La Palma residents work together to create a strong and dynamic community fabric and they invited Rural Ed to implement a program in their community center. Rural Ed began its programs out of the La Palma Community Center in October 2010. Since that time, Rural Ed and the residents of La Palma have developed a strong and meaningful relationship in which over 60 children attend the educational programs at both the primaria and secundaria levels. The entire community participates in events, clean up, and community center upgrades. The facility boasts 8 computers with full Internet access and a library with a variety of books in both Spanish and English.
The construction of this community center began in mid-September 2015. Many discussions with the community had taken place to approve the center’s development. Finally the assembly of the Comisariado Ejidal approved construction. There was a ground-breaking ceremony on September 21st, 2015 with many school children in attendance. Architectural plans were donated by Arq. Ana Lenz with assistance from Quirino Garcia, a young architect from the Don Diego community. For the construction, local labor was provided by Chucho Ramirez, an experienced worker and respected community member overseeing the project. The center was completed in August 2016 and is equipped with a computer room to teach computer literacy skills, a kitchen in which Feed the Hungry will be operating their services for the community, and a classroom with plenty of space for our after school program run by our interns.