In Chi Elias, Guatemala, about 180 students ranging from pre-K to 6th grade attend the local school, which requires students to walk up to 2 miles each way, every day. When the school was originally built, several different organizations contributed, leaving the structure in substandard conditions. The school building has proven to be a safety hazard, as two of the classrooms have contributed to respiratory problems in the children, and the fence around the school is only half completed. The school also lacks a meeting place for the principal, often resulting in canceled classes to accommodate meetings.  These circumstances take away from the education of the school children and prevent them from learning in a safe, healthy environment, which this project aims to alleviate and improve.

Weekly Updates

03/30/21 – Election of new Guatemala project leads for next year!

03/02/21 – No meeting this week. Please read through this document for project updates!

02/23/21 – We decided to switch up our regular project meetings and learn a little bit more about the impact our project has on the children of Chi Elias and gain a perspective of their education in Latin America. 

02/16/21 – No meeting this week. Our final implementation plan is being reviewed!

02/09/21 – The Tanzania co-leads taught us about their experience with remote implementation, in order to prepare for what’s to come! We also started our first fundraiser of the semester, which are social media bingo boards.

02/02/21 – In the first meeting of the Spring semester, we caught the new members up with the project background and recent events! The rest of the team discussed the fundraisers we want to push this semester. By the end of the meeting we chose 3 fundraisers that we are going to get started on!

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Game Plan

Assessment Trips (Jan ’18) Measurements and data were collected about the school. Meetings were run with school and government members to gather input about the project. The scope of the project was fully defined.
Moving Forward The team is researching possible layouts for the classrooms, as well as mapping the entire school on AutoCAD. An MOU will be drafted soon, and further research will be conducted to further the progress of the school.

Project Leads

Alexa Charchar & Ria Patel

Professional Mentors

Brad Moore, P.E.

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