The old school building in Puente América has seen better days. Once a place where the children of the tiny Colombian hamlet would come to learn their lessons, today it looks like little more than an abandoned ruin.
But inside, its walls tell a different story.
A reporter who visited in 2015 found the former classrooms covered with messages in Hindi, English, Nepali, Bengali and Arabic, written by migrants who had taken shelter there during their long journeys to North America.
Some wrote their names on the flimsy wall: “Alhaji Abass from Mamobi,” “Bilal Warrakh, Pakistan,” “Zakari Ganiou le Beninois.” Others wrote prayers for help, calling on “almighty Allah [to] guide us.”