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

03/08/23- Worked on the Volunteer Village project record for the new project, which will be bulding a fence around the school.

03/01/23- Meeting was canceled due to exams. Started a new Volunteer Village project called “Chi Elias School Safety” 

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Game Plan

Assessment Trips (Aug ’22) With the finished construction of the two classrooms, we conducted a monitoring and evaluation trip in August 2022 that confirmed the successful completion of the project.
Moving Forward Moving forward, we will be working on improving security measures at the school with the construction of a new fence. Security has only seemed to worsen over the years with the theft of food and lightbulbs. We hope that with our project we are able to provide students with a safe learning environment.

Project Leads

Cindy Leal & Shivani Sunikireddy

Professional Mentors

Brad Moore, P.E.

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