Eben-Ezer: “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us” (1 Samuel 7:/12)
My name is Miguel Tello and I serve as the founder and director of Eben-Ezer – a boarding school and children’s home in the Bolivian jungle.
Eben-Ezer was founded in 2018 and began accepting students in the boarding school in 2019. It is a place where young people can come as they are and experience the healing of Christ’s love. We have 26 students in grades 7-12 enrolled for the 2020 school year.
At Eben-Ezer, we strive to provide a safe home and learning environment for those escaping situations of abuse and domestic violence. With nearly 80% of Bolivian children facing physical, psychological, and/or sexual abuse in their homes, there is a dramatic need for such safe havens.
Though we have provisional licensing for our facility, we are still in the process of obtaining our permanent licensing—a process that can take years here in Bolivia. In the meantime, we have focused on developing our grounds, industries, educational program, and relationships with those in our local community.
Since 2018, we have constructed five staff homes, the dining hall and school kitchen, the chapel, the secondary school building with eight classrooms and two offices, the boys’ dorm, and the girls’ dorm. We dug a well and constructed a water tower that provides clean water to all the buildings on campus. Additionally, we purchased and installed our solar power electrical system. Currently, we are constructing our bakery. We hope to bake bread not only for our school, but also to sell to those in our community.
We have also been busy planting! The fruit trees in our orchard (planted at the end of 2017) are flourishing and we hope to enjoy their fruit within the next year or two. We are already enjoying bananas, plantains, papayas, pineapples, passion fruit, cucumbers, squash, okra, and more from our gardens! We have planted greens, herbs, corn, and several varieties of beans and are anxiously awaiting the harvest!
Please feel free to peruse our website or visit us on Facebook (Unidad Educativa Eben-Ezer) to see more about what’s happening at Eben-Ezer!