“My name is Jorge Osyčka and I am from northern Argentina. My grandfather Jan — or Juan, as he his known locally — Osyčka came from Moravia but life brought him all the way to Argentina. He was there when the Czechoslovak agricultural colony was established. I’d like to tell you his story now.
Life in Sáenz Pena wasn’t easy. The village itself was ruled by military authorities and surrounded by uncultivated wilderness where the natives lived. Its only inhabitants were a few farming families.
Because Argentinian schools were far away, Jan Osyčka first established a classroom in his own home and then bought two hectares of land in the town, where Czechoslovaks built a school and a community building, which still serves the residents today.