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

03/09/22 – We held a pre-technical planning session for our upcoming implementation trip.

03/02/22 – We gave members details about the upcoming implementation trip to Guatemala. 

02/23/22 – We continued working on trip details and the online EWB travel appeal from the last meeting. 

02/16/22 – We continued working on trip details and the online EWB travel appeal. 

02/09/22 – During this meeting we brainstormed ideas of fundraisers to host this semester, and we talked about EWB travel appeal for us to be able to travel.

02/02/22 – In the first meeting of the Spring semester, a brief project background and team introduction was given for new members. We also introduced all the advances on construction and traveling plans.

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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

Marlon Rodriguez-Argueta & Cavin Saravanan

Professional Mentors

Brad Moore, P.E.

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