Maria Auxiliadora School

Maria Auxiliadora School

Happy Hearts Program


The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that struck Calderones, Peru, in 2007 heavily damaged the original Maria Auxiliadora School. The school was forced to partially relocate to temporary classrooms offsite, and half of the campus remained condemned. The only school play space was across a recently paved road near a damaged building that could collapse in another earthquake.

Architecture for Humanity held multiple workshops with students, teachers and community members in order to assess priorities and ambitions and develop thorough recommendations for reconstruction. The reconstructed school contains innovative spaces and resources for students, including a library, a computer lab, and an outdoor performance space.


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