Thanks to all of you we raised over $11,000 that will go directly towards the our program A KITCHEN FOR 70 SMILES: a kitchen construction at the Lourdes School in Guatemala.
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The event was a blast! DJs, raffles, auctions and lots of food and drinks made the night a success.
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This year’s program will benefit our school programs in Peten, Guatemala. Please join us for an exciting night of music, 3-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres and silent auction!
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The current state of education in Guatemala is very much below standard with poorly built school structures, overcrowded classrooms, low-trained teachers, lack of electricity, and no running water. This is why a new kind of work cultivated when a group of our individual donors came together to help children in this vulnerable situation receive better access to education and in turn lead healthier lives.
While education is already extremely difficult to access for most in northern Guatemala, conditions are even harder in rural and semi-rural areas because Guatemalan education authorities do not have the funds to reach these marginalized communities. Our project began directly inside one of these communities just last year -- a shanty-town called Colonia Lourdes located on the outskirts of Poptun. Poptun is a small town in the northern jungles of Guatemala of 35,000 where about 55% of the population is Mayan Q’eqchi and another 5% is comprised of other Mayan indigenous groups. Access to education for indigenous children is even harder and the adult illiteracy rate jumps to more than 60%.
In Colonia Lourdes specifically, the population is a mere 265 people with 75 being school children. At the time our team arrived, the town had 3 classrooms used to educate these 75 kids that were all in very poor conditions with aged wooden foundations, unpaved floors, and broken tin roofs. During the 5 months of rainy season the humidity and mud polluting the classrooms made the school a very unhealthy place to be with a majority of children sick with multiple respiratory issues. Our mission was to rebuild these classrooms and create an environment that was not only more conducive to learning but also helped promote community building and togetherness.
We started with the first classroom that we reconstructed from the bottom up starting with a concrete foundation and cement-paved floors. We then put up a brand new roof and painted the classroom inside and out. Throughout the entire process, the Global Humanitaria team worked alongside community members including students, parents, and siblings who wanted to be a part of creating the school. As the project progressed, this classroom slowly became more than just a center for learning and expanded into a neighborhood hub for everyone involved. While the 75 children in Colonia Lourdes became the immediate beneficiaries of their new classroom, their friends, neighbors, and parents became secondary recipients of this beautiful new symbol of community empowerment.
A great new beginning for education in Colonia Lourdes, but still so much more to come as this project continues. Stay tuned for more updates from our team out in the field soon to see how the school continues to grow!