With 309 students, overcrowding is a large problem for this community, and they have already had to place two grades in the community salon/meeting hall to accommodate their growing needs. Previously, the school in Pacanac had completed a project with eco bricks, making a fence around a section of classrooms. They were eager about the opportunity to build their new classrooms with this ‘innovative method’, and the community collected the 7000 required bottles in just 2 months- proving their enthusiasm for the project. Leading the enthusiasm is the Parent Teacher Association, which is directed solely by women- a very rare occurrence in this patriarchal dominated culture. It is unusual in indigenous communities that women have leadership roles and having them work together building a bottle school is empowering other women within the community to take additional leadership positions.
Population (approximately): 5250
Number of Students: 309
Bottle School No. 56