A School for Las Victorias - Project Details
Meet the children of Las Victorias. They live in a small Maya village in north-central Guatemala. The families of Las Victorias dream of a new school where the children can prepare for a better future.
Currently, 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 proper kitchen facilities to prepare lunches. The bathrooms are crude outhouses.
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 began with final design of the new classroom building. It will initially include three classrooms, with provisions to add a second story with three more classrooms as needed in the future. 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.