Completed on November 9, 2015

Choatalun means “under the big tree”. There’s a tree called Chalum where men used to rest after a long day of work in the fields. The project (elementary school) will benefit 500 kids, 20 staff members and 500 families in the area. The government built 3 “temporary” classrooms after the earthquake in 1976 and never…

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Completed on October 16, 2015

The name of the community comes after a huge tree found in the area. The project (elementary school) will benefit 213 kids, 12 staff members and 108 families in the area. 90% of the families still speak the Mayan language of Kaqchiquel. This is the first bottle school built in this municipality. Many teachers from…

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Los Magueyes

Completed on September 18, 2015

The community used to be a big property owned by one person, in this land there were a lot of trees called “magueyes”. People from the community used those trees to build their houses. The project (middle school) will benefit 82 students from 6 different communities and 6 staff members. The teachers used the construction…

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Completed on September 17, 2015

Panimacac means “Big Fire” and this communities name comes after a big fire found in the area that was very hard to extinguish. The community is surrounded by many mountains, which are very important to the Mayan culture. They called these mountains “altars”. The project (middle school) will benefit 44 students and 3 staff members….

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El Chocolate

Completed on August 15, 2015

The community El Chocolate is situated 18 kilometers / 11 miles north-east of San Martin Jilotepeque. The altitude is approx. 1200 meters / 3970 feet above sea level. It was founded on December 8th 1988 and in the beginning was just a piece of land for agriculture. Later some families in the neighborhood came to…

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Completed on August 7, 2015

Originally Pachay was one larger community called Las Nomas. Separated by a river, Pachay and Las Nomas have 4 villages, each having their own primary school. There are approx. 600 families (4000-5000 people) in area. Hug It Forward first constructed a bottle school in Pachay 2 years ago, and at that time the school moved…

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El Duranzo

Completed on June 29, 2015

The community of El Duranzo was founded in 2004 , and means “the peach”, although there are very few peaches still found in the community. It is situated 14 kilometers / 8.7 miles north of San Martin Jilotepeque and is spread over an area of 10 kilometers / 6.2 miles. There are 14 families in…

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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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San Jose Las Canoas2

Completed on May 11, 2015

This bottle school will benefit 206 students, 7 teaching staff members and 400 families in the area. People in Las Canoas grow their own coffee, corn and beans as well as many different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Women weave their own “güipiles” (traditional blouses) that usually take up to three months to be finished….

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Completed on May 4, 2015

Nimtzituj is located in the municipality of Momostenango. It is one of the furthest communities from the center of Momostenango and is approximately and hour from the center on dangerous roads. The name Nimtzituj means the area of big wasps. This is a smaller community with only 44 children in the school but they do…

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Chonoxte 2

Completed on March 30, 2015

“Chonoxte” means “place of cactus”. People in Chonoxte grow their own coffee, corn and beans as well as many different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Women weave their own “güipiles” (traditional blouses) that usually take up to three months to be finished. This project will benefit 80 students, 4 teaching staff members and 42 families…

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Completed on March 25, 2015

The community of Pacanac is in the department of Totonicapan, within the municipality of San Cristobal. In Quich’e, which is the widely spoken dialect in this region, Pacanac means ‘in the shade of a tree’. ‘Pa’ meaning under and ‘canac’ meaning the leaf to make tamalitos. This community sits at an altitude of 8500 feet…

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Completed on March 22, 2015

The village of Chinasayub was founded in 1839 and named after a German man who was one of the original settlers. These settlers farmed coffee, tea, cloves, black pepper and cardamom. There are a total of 1,897 people living in Chinasayub, including approximately 865 children. There are currently 285 students and 9 teachers. The community…

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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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Completed on February 26, 2015

The community currently has just two classrooms which were built 25 years ago. With 108 students this is not enough space and additional classrooms are required to accommodate the growing communities needs. Many of the families in the area are involved in agriculture and have found time to help with the construction of the school…

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Las Joyas

Completed on February 19, 2015

Las Joyas derives it’s name from the very rocky terrain that can be found there, and the first settlers thought that the rocks glistened and looked like jewels when the sun shone down. The current school only had one classroom which was a make shift building with half cinder-blocks and half wooden slabs. During the…

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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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Completed on December 19, 2014

This bottle school project will benefit 37 students, 3 teaching staff members and 200 families in the area. Chidonjuan means the land of (Chi) Sir (Don) Juan, who is the founder of this community. People in Chidonjuan grow their own coffee, corn, beans, tomatoes, green beans and other vegetables and fruits. Women weave their own…

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Xesuj 2

Completed on December 11, 2014

The school in Xesuj currently has 4 classrooms made of corrugated metal, and 2 made of adobe. These classrooms were constructed after the earthquake of 1976 as a temporary measure; however, they are still in use today, and house the kindergarten and first grade students. The remaining classrooms are built from cinderblocks. Xesuj means “below…

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San Bartolome

Completed on October 31, 2014

The community of San Bartolome is in need of new classrooms as they have outgrown the current facilities. They are currently having to rent additional space to allow all of the 126 children currently in the community to attend school. This arrangement is both uncomfortable and cramped and does not allow for a good learning…

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Nuevo Progreso

Completed on October 29, 2014

Currently the community of Nuevo Progresso does not have a formal school and have been renting two rooms out of a house in the community. While there is a school available to them, it is more than an hour away and the children would have to cross a very busy and dangerous highway to get…

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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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Completed on October 3, 2014

  “Chonoxte” means “place of cactus”. People in Chonoxte grow their own coffee, corn and beans as well as many different kinds of vegetables and fruits. Women weave their own “güipiles” (traditional blouses) that usually take up to three months to be finished. This project will benefit 80 students, 4 teaching staff members and 42…

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El Cimarron

Completed on September 26, 2014

This project will benefit the 92 students who are currently studying int he community of El Cimarron. Due to the community not having sufficient space, the children aged 4-6 are unable to study in school. The building of a 2 classroom bottle school will allow these young children to attend school as well. Elementary School…

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Completed on July 14, 2014

The village of Cambalcol has just 2 classrooms presently, which were built over 25 years ago. The current number of classrooms is not sufficient for the 110 students they have in their community. With the addition of these 2 bottle school classrooms, the children will have additional space to learn in a more comfortable environment….

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