Helping to Educate

Time has taught us that foreign aid works best when it is linked with education.  Many children living in the rural communities of Guatemala are desperate for a quality education. 
Volunteers Teaching in new school
Wells of Hope, through generous donations from its supporters, and with the help of its numerous volunteers, builds schools in areas where children have no access to sound learning environments.  So far, Wells of Hope has built 15 schools, 4 of which are Eco-Schools.

Our latest school inaugurations happened in January 2014 - Sashico school - and recently on April 8, El Terrero School, both using the new system of eco-bricks (plastic bottles filled with inorganic material) which are "made" by the community members by cleaning up their community from plastic bottles and trash.
El Terrero School
In December 2012, with the funding of Miracles in Action, Wells of Hope started the construction of the first Eco-School at the community of Laguna Seca.
 
Construction @ Laguna Seca
Laguna Seca
Eco-Bricks @ Laguna Seca
Eco-Bricks

Laguna Seca Complete
School

Laguna Seca school was finished in February and was such a success that a very small community with a one-room school got organized and applied for a brand new eco-school. Again, through the generous funding of Miracles in Action, Los Cebollines school- our second Eco-School, is going to be finished soon.

Los Cebollines old school and finished school in the back.
School


As part of the school construction, rain gutters from the roof lead to a large cistern underneath the floor of the school. This allows the school to take advantage of the abundance of clean water that falls during the rainy season.  For example, the women of the community who prepare a daily lunch for the children at the school use this gift from the heavens as part of the nutritious meal they serve to the students. 

An adequate sanitary system is also an important element in creating an effective learning environment.  Thus, a septic bed is constructed at each school to handle wastewater from the bathrooms and the school kitchen.

Many gently used desks and computers are collected through the Niagara Warehouse of Hope (contact www.warehouseofhope.com if you would like to assist with this aspect of our schools project). The volunteers at the Warehouse of Hope repair and refurbish the computers that are donated to their organization. This equipment is used to create computer centres at the schools, giving the children an opportunity to enter the computer age and to be better qualified for future employment. 

Miriam teaches sewing to local women