In the midst of economic and political crisis, Venezuela is a tough place to keep a school running. Electricity is routinely cut off, gasoline is increasingly hard to afford, and the risk of violent protests in the streets is ever present. This all makes it difficult, even dangerous, for children and teachers to get to school and make it through a day productively and safely.
Caracas, Venezuela’s capital, has seen regular blackouts over the past several months. Some have lasted as long as three days at a time, and phone lines have also gone down. At the British School in