The project began in 1999 when David purchased several acres of land near Santa Marta, Colombia. The work had very humble beginnings and started with feeding a handful of children under a tree with a few volunteers helping out. With the support of partners, mostly at the time from the United Kingdom, a primary school was built in 2002. Soon after, another building was constructed which currently serves as both administrational offices for the charity and several exam rooms for the medical clinic.
As the number continued to grow more buildings were needed and constructed. The school now accommodates around 350 students starting at preschool level through high school, and has successfully sent students to universities, many of whom are now studying medicine, business, law and other professional degrees.
The medical clinic serves the needs both of the student body and the local community in general. A full time nurse is employed and doctors from the voluntary sector, including some from the USA and UK, attend to the needs of the children. Medicines are bought from local pharmacies from monies donated almost exclusively from the USA and UK.
In addition to an excellent education, pupils enjoy the following activities:
Oasis of Hope School Academy has been rated 12th in highest achieving schools in the whole of Magdalena, Colombia.
(Magdalena is the equivalent of a state in the USA or county in the UK).