Totonicapan

San Cristobal

Completed on June 18, 2015

The elementary and middle school, Juan Bautista is currently letting INEB (Instituto Nacional de Educacion Basica- High School) utilize their facility as they do not have one of their own. The municipality has already built 4 classrooms but are still in need of more to accommodate all 514 students. Due to the region and location…

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Xolajap

Completed on March 11, 2015

Xolajap means ‘the land of the coyote traps’ in the Mayan language, Kiche. A few generations ago it used to be a big herding community where sheep were abundant. With a lot of sheep, brought a lot of coyotes and the name has stuck ever since. With such heavy sheep farming, the community of Xolajap…

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Pasuc

Completed on February 3, 2015

Pasuc is a community in the department of Totonicapan, within the municipality of Momostenango. With over 85% of the local population speaking K’iche, the school focuses heavily on maintaining local customs and traditions. In K’iche, Pa means between and Suc means a swampy marsh. The community sits on a large elevated area with small rivers…

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Xecruz

Completed on October 20, 2014

Xecruz in Mayan language means “Beneath the cross”, and Xecruz is a community of K’iche. 90 % of the 400 community members speak the K’iche language and 10 % speak Spanish. The current Elementary school located in Xecruz has 155 students and 3 classrooms and construction on their new 2 room Bottle School began March…

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La Independencia

Completed on June 18, 2014

Before this Bottle School was built, the 5th grade class was housed entirely in a corrugated tin, make-shift shelter that was in one of the hallways of the school. This make-shift classroom affected two other classrooms and the natural light that was expected. There are 128 students, however due to the lack of proper classroom…

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Chulin

Completed on April 21, 2014

The Elementary School in Chulin has 211 students. Before the start of the construction, one classroom was made up of corrugated metal. The youngest kids were using this classroom which got really warm during the day or really dusty with winds. Another two classrooms were being used in a meeting hall where it was divided…

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Chuicotom

Completed on June 18, 2013

In Chuicotom, the school is the most overcrowded in the district with some of the lowest retention rates and highest class repetition rates. There are many factors that contribute to this, but after talking with the community, the parent committee, superintendent and teachers, all independently said overcrowding was a major issue. Having visited the community…

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