A School for Las Victorias - Project Details
Meet Marisol. She lives in Las Victorias, a small Maya village in north-central Guatemala. Along with their neighbors, Marisol and her family dream of a new school where the children can prepare for a better future.
Today, classes in Las Victorias are held in a small, two-room structure that cannot accommodate all the students. Some children are taught in a lean-to type addition. The facility does not have water access or kitchen facilities to prepare lunches. The bathrooms are crude outhouses.
Over the winter of 2016-17, chapter members designed a 15-foot-high retaining wall, required because the site for the school is cut into a hillside. In late April 2017, the team returned to provide initial direction and help get the wall started. The villagers finished that phase of the project in late May.
We are now finishing detailed calculations and plans for the classroom building, and everyone is looking forward to starting construction in 2019.
The high point of these trips 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 are energized by the preliminary designs our Chapter volunteers developed.