Nestled in the mountains of north-central Guatemala is a Maya village known as Las Victorias. The families there needed a new primary school to lift their children and future generations out of poverty. They partnered with the Central Ohio Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA to achieve their vision (above).
In San Pedro Puxtla, El Salvador, a steep rocky gully served as the only street for a marginalized Las neighborhood. During the wet season, residents were cut off from their town, making it extremely difficult to attend school, shop, or visit a clinic. Today, the families are reconnected, thanks to a proper street and drainage system (right, top).
The water system in Batoula, a rural village in Cameroon, was in disrepair and contaminated with dangerous bacteria and parasites. The Case Western Reserve University Student Chapter teamed with the Central Ohio Professional Chapter, and Batoula's families now have year-round access to safe, potable water (right, bottom).
In the coming months, our chapter hopes to partner with a second community in Guatemala to help them also design and build a new school. Vista Hermosa Las Flores is a village of approximately 60 Maya families. Their children currently are taught in an open-walled shelter that poorly serves as a school. We will continue to monitor and assist Las Victorias with maintenance of their school and kitchen while helping another deserving community realize their vision for a better future for their children.
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