On July 23rd a bottle school was inaugurated in the community of Pachay in San Martin Jilotepeque, Chimaltenango.
A huge number of people turned out for the event, not just from Pachay but from surrounding communities too, reflecting the fact that these two new bottle-classrooms will give the opportunity of education beyond 6th grade not just to students in Pachay, but in surrounding communities too.
The inauguration coincided with a group of volunteers being present in San Martin as part of a voluntourism trip run by Serve The World Today. During the dedication ceremony, volunteers watched children put on traditional performances, and received gifts from community members as a mark of gratitude for their support. After the ribbons were cut to officially open the new classrooms, volunteers and community members danced together in joyful celebration.
The mayor of San Martin Jilotepeque, who had contributed to the project by investing in a new road and by paying the masons, also came to celebrate with the community, together with journalists and other people interested to see a bottle school and the power of a community coming together.