San Martín Jilotepeque

Tierra Colorada

Completed on December 17, 2016

Tierra Colorada gets it’s name from the red soil found in the area. The project (middle school) will benefit 60 students, 3 staff members and 174 families in the area. The middle school was founded 12 years ago but they don’t have their own classrooms and they are forced to use the elementary school facilities….

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Completed on January 16, 2016

Sacala means “white boy” and the Elders say there’s a spirit of a white boy that lives in the area. The project (elementary school) will benefit 271 kids, 12 teachers and more than 300 families in the area. It only took 3 months for this community to collect all the bottles needed for their school!!…

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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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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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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 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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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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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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La Joya del Aguacatal

Completed on July 3, 2014

The community of La Joya del Aguacatl has three small classrooms. The classrooms are not suitable for students – they are too small, too hot and too dark. Ideally we would build three classrooms in the community, but they only have space for two classrooms. The community has already filled over 1,000 eco-bricks, and Jorge,…

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San Jerónimo

Completed on June 16, 2014

Write up coming soon. Elementary School Population (approximate): 500 Classrooms: 3

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San José Las Canoas

Completed on May 16, 2014

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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La Buena Esperanza

Completed on March 28, 2014

The elementary school in La Buena Esperanza is one of the biggest in San Martin Jilotepeque. However, most of the children that graduate from elementary school don’t have the opportunity to go to middle school, because they would have to walk 45 minutes to the nearest community. The school recently obtained the land to build…

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Palo Blanco

Completed on March 20, 2014

Palo Blanco is a very small community, and all the residents work in agriculture. The proposed bottle school project will benefit both the elementary school and the middle school. Fifth grade students in Palo Blanco are currently using a wooden shed as a classroom that doesn’t meet the minimum requirements; they will have a brand…

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Completed on February 14, 2014

Kindergartners in Candelaria do not have a classroom, and use a small shed attached to the principal’s office, which is very uncomfortable for both the children and the teacher. Because they lack a classroom, fourth grade students are being taught by one teacher whereas really they need to be split into two classes. A shed…

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Varituc 1

Completed on January 9, 2014

The fourth graders of Varituc do not have a classroom, and they are currently using a community hall as a makeshift classroom. Fifth grade students occupy two rooms that the community built, which are much too small and which trap heat, making the environment unsuitable for children to learn in. The construction of three new…

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Completed on December 20, 2013

The community of Pachay completed two bottle classrooms with Hug It Forward in July 2012. It’s a community where the majority of the population speak Kaqchikel and practice Mayan spirituality. As the community continues to grow, there is a demand for more students to continue beyond elementary school to primary school. They are currently using…

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El Refugio y La Rosa

Completed on October 31, 2013

The school population in El Refugio y La Rosa has been increasing year on year for many years. Because of this, community members have recently been using the principal’s office and the school’s kitchen as classrooms. The community came together to build a makeshift kitchen out of corrugated metal to replace the kitchen that is…

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