Educación Plus was started by Keith and Joy Holder in Costa Rica in 1994. It is a Christian project dedicated to preventing young people from the shanty towns becoming street children.
Education is one of the most important tools for breaking out of the poverty cycle which too often leads to the street. Although basic schooling is free in Costa Rica, uniforms and equipment cost too much for families who do not have enough to eat. Educación Plus enables the 500 or so children in the Project to complete their junior education. Where possible, it continues to help them in secondary school or into available professional training.
Educación Plus also recognises the special spiritual, emotional and practical problems created by living in shanty town conditions. It seeks to do this by running weekly Bible clubs, youth groups and sports activities. By sharing God's love in such ways, they seek to follow Jesus' example and minister to the families in every aspect of their lives.