Who We Are

Our Vision

We dream of a world where every child has the opportunity to get an education, and to create a better life for themselves and for their families.

We dream of a world without trash, where people don’t mindlessly throw things “away”.

Our Mission

Hug It Forward is a grass-roots organization that facilitates education and awareness by empowering communities to build “bottle schools”.

Bottle schools are schools built using “eco-bricks”: plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. Entire communities come together to build more sustainable educational infrastructure for their future.

Hug It Forward also strives to raise awareness in developed countries about trash, consumption and the power of community. This mission is equally important to us as facilitating the construction of bottle schools in developing countries.

Our Impact

Since October 2009 communities have completed 109 successful bottle school projects, at an average cost of $6,500 per classroom. In May 2012 we completed our first project outside Guatemala, in El Salvador.

Our Goal

Our goal is to share the bottle school technology so that anybody anywhere in the world can create their own bottle school, wherever there is a need.

To further the realization of this goal, Hug It Forward volunteers have created a Bottle School Manual, which is a free open source step-by-step guide to constructing a bottle school in your community.