A School for Las Victorias - Project Details
Meet the children of Las Victorias. They live in a small Maya village in north-central Guatemala. For years, their families have dreamed of a new primary school where the children can prepare for a better future.
Until now classes in Las Victorias were held in a small, two-room structure that could not accommodate all the students. Some children were taught in a lean-to type addition.
Besides guiding and assisting with construction activities, the high point of the project team's site visits has been interacting with the children of Las Victorias and their families. The community is extremely excited about the prospect of a new school, and they have eagerly contributed their time and energy to the project.
Phase 2 was the main classroom building. The EWB-COh project team worked many hours to develop the detailed plans and engineering calculations. Their task was complicated by the need to assure structural stability in a region vulnerable to seismic activity. Happily, construction was completed in late 2019, ready for use with the start of the school year in early 2020. The building features has three bright, spacious classrooms, with provisions to add a second story and three more classrooms as needed in the future.