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Club Projects: Guatemala Project

The Rotary Club of Dartmouth has joined with the Guatemala Sur Rotary Club in a project to improve the lives of more than 10,000 children in nine poor Mayan villages in Guatemala. Guatemala has the lowest rate of literacy in Latin America, mainly among the Mayan population. Poverty, malnutrition and illiteracy are ongoing problems for the Mayan people in Guatemala and present a significant challenge.


In January 2012 the project received a $155,000 USD Rotary Foundation Global Grant to address water, sanitation and literacy in nine Mayan villages in the Sumpango municipality of Guatemala.


Water and sanitation continues to be a serious problem causing health issues and high absenteeism in schools. None of the schools in these villages currently have adequate toilets or wash stations. The goal of the project is to provide WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) stations for the schools, and to make available training in basic hygiene for teachers and students.


Each village has a primary school but they cannot provide appropriate education because of a lack of proper classroom facilities and equipment. Another goal of the project is to supply the necessary equipment and supplies to assist in delivering a good education. The schools need desks, chairs, whiteboards, projection equipment and books. These will all be made available through this project.
Additionally, many of the schools’ kitchens are primitive and pose a health hazard to those who prepare food for the children. Kitchens will be upgraded to address this issue.


The Guatemala Sur Club has a long history of service to their communities and the Rotary Club of Dartmouth is proud to partner with them in this most worthwhile project.

 

Go to Guatemala 2014-15 for an update on Rotary's efforts in Guatemala.....click here

 

For more on this project go the Rotary International Website.....click here  or;

Go to the Rotary District 7820 website.....click here


 

Watch Our Video Below

 

Photos

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Typical Mayan Villages

- Typical Village Schools

- Mayan Children

- Rotary Meetings with Village Officials, School Staff & Community Leaders

 

Project Elements

- Some of the Existing Facilities

- New Bathroom & Wash Stations will be Built

 

- Existing Desks are in Poor Shape

- New Desks & Other Classroom Equipment will be Supplied

- Kitchen are Primitive & Pose health Risks

- Kitchens will be upgraded

 

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