Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission


School Building Construction, Argentina 

Advance #3022414

#3022414 - Constructing a new school building

Annual Goal: $100,000.00
Location: Argentina 

Describe the need affecting constituents.

The Instituto Alberto Schweitzer is a Methodist parochial inclusive school which serves low-income families with children from 3 to 12 years old. It was founded 54 years ago as a day relief center for children living in the streets, and it was located in the Retiro Train Station in the center of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was Mr. Stanley Lambrechts, a local pharmacist, member of the Methodist Church in the neighborhood of Almagro (MCA), who saw the need of the children in the station, and his congregation backed him up to develop the assistance. The first classes were held in an abandoned train wagon. Missionaries of other non-Methodist churches joined to help, though in 1978 the military government ordered to close all social facilities in the station. The mission had to either close or remain elsewhere, so the congregation of the MCA decided to move it to its building, where it already had a Kindergarten, one of the first to be created in the city. The building of the MCA was and still is, cozy but not enough and not prepared to host a school. During the 80’s, the National Methodist Church of Argentina (IEMA) helped by acquiring two centennial houses in our backyard, which we turned into classrooms. Yet, the building has almost reached its lifetime. Plus, the government of the city of Buenos Aires is tightening the safety requirements for school buildings each year and our advisers tell us that our building can hold no further than 5 years or less. The city government pays the teachers’ salaries but our congregation pays the whole cost of administrative employees and building maintenance thanks to individual donations and a small school fee. In recent years we have saved to develop a masterplan for a new building, but we need to take the next step and begin the construction as soon as possible. We as MCA congregation are very proud of our school and believe it must survive. We’re exploring every way to grant it.

Describe the purpose of the project.

The Instituto Alberto Schweitzer is a Methodist parochial inclusive school which serves low-income families with children from 3 to 12 years old. It was founded 54 years ago as a day relief center for children living in the streets, and it was located in the Retiro Train Station in the center of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was Mr. Stanley Lambrechts, a local pharmacist, member of the Methodist Church in the neighborhood of Almagro (MCA), who saw the need of the children in the station, and his congregation backed him up to develop the assistance. The first classes were held in an abandoned train wagon. Missionaries of other non-Methodist churches joined to help, though in 1978 the military government ordered to close all social facilities in the station. The mission had to either close or remain elsewhere, so the congregation of the MCA decided to move it to its building, where it already had a Kindergarten, one of the first to be created in the city. The building of the MCA was and still is, cozy but not enough and not prepared to host a school. During the 80’s, the National Methodist Church of Argentina (IEMA) helped by acquiring two centennial houses in our backyard, which we turned into classrooms. Yet, the building has almost reached its lifetime. Plus, the government of the city of Buenos Aires is tightening the safety requirements for school buildings each year and our advisers tell us that our building can hold no further than 5 years or less. The city government pays the teachers’ salaries but our congregation pays the whole cost of administrative employees and building maintenance thanks to individual donations and a small school fee. In recent years we have saved to develop a masterplan for a new building, but we need to take the next step and begin the construction as soon as possible. We as MCA congregation are very proud of our school and believe it must survive. We’re exploring every way to grant it.

The main purpose of our project is to build a new building for our school to survive. This will help us to orientate all the expenses related to the construction correctly and according to plan, keeping track of all donations and adding more investment to fulfill the stages up until its finalization.

Describe the primary goal of the project.

To construct the building as shown on the Masterplan and save the school from its closure.

Measurable Changes:

The expansion and survival of our school. We want to be able to keep carrying the mission that has taken place during the last 54 years in the neighborhood. Be able to reach more people in need and provide all the services needed for the education of these children. We want to be the link between people and the Methodist teachings.

Budget and Financial Information

Income

Annual Advance Financial Goal
$20,000.00
Local Financial Support
$40,000.00
Propert Sale
$40,000.00

$100,000.00

Expense

Building Materials
$50,000.00
Workforce or Labor
$40,000.00
Project Management and Building
$10,000.00
$100,000.00

Project Contact

Maria Elena Crespo

Global Ministries Contact

Juan Gattinoni
54 9 11 3370-4858