For several years, our family had been looking for non-traditional volunteer opportunities. When searching these out, we found many with qualifications; medical, religious, or other similar restrictions. We also wanted a project that would be sustainable and long-lasting. We chose Hug It Forward because their programs fit our goals and are oriented towards the general public.
Bottle schools help the indigenous communities in at least two ways. First, most rural communities in Guatemala do not have trash services. Bottle schools use this trash (bottles, snack wrappers, etc.) as the building blocks and insulation for the schools, which helps with that problem. Second, as is usual in many developing countries, education is the key to improving future outcomes, both individually and among a community.
In 2017, we helped build a 3-room middle school in Xecoxol, near Tecpan. When we returned to the village 4 years later, the changes in the community were significant. The school now had 6 rooms (including a computer lab), an electric water pump, and bathrooms. The village had grown, at least in part due to the new school.
We enjoyed the experience so much that we returned to help with another school (in Rosario Canajal) in 2018. After that visit, we resolved that we were interested in fund-raising for a school. In late 2019, we reached our goal, and in early 2021, we were able to travel to Guatemala and help to build this school (La Cumbre). Several months later, after seeing the school open, we decided another school fund-raising was in our future.
Many people talk about “changing the world.” These schools are actually doing that, and your donations to our fund-raising effort help that process along.
1. Write a check in the amount you’d like to donate and make the check payable to “Hug It Forward”. Please make sure you state in the memo line of the check that your donation is to support “Nick and Nancy’s Bottle School Fundraiser”.
2. Mail the check to Hug It Forward at:
P.O. Box 366
Krum, TX 76249
1. You can make your donation through PayPal by clicking the button below. If you choose this option, please make sure to provide a note in PayPal that your donation is for “Nick and Nancy’s Bottle School Fundraiser”.
Important Note: Hug It Forward is a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit organization in the USA and your donation is tax deductible. Once the checks have been received by Hug It Forward, they will email a tax deductible receipt to you. Thank you!