VIDA members had busied themselves year after year offering English classes in the community of El Suyatal both in and outside the public school system. It did not take much to realize there was an interest in bilingual education in the small farming village, but there was an even greater need.
Due to the political situation and lack of educational funding in Honduras, public school teachers are regularly on strike, forcing children to forfeit attending classes for days or sometimes weeks at a time. Families who longed to give their children a better opportunity constantly had the educational system working against them. All the while, VIDA witnessed a need grow in front of its eyes. That led its members to spend serious time studying the possibility of opening a bilingual elementary school.
The team at VIDA was more and more convinced of God’s calling to work in educational lines for children, which was confirmed by the Lord providing a Swiss missionary with formal training and experience in education to open CBS in February 2011. Beginning with just two students its first year, CBS now has 35 students between kindergarten and second grade, adding on one grade each school year.