The bricks were donated and delivered in 2019 to start the construction of the new Community Center in Solola! Funding for the concrete foundation was raised in 2020 and we saw the actual construction of the foundation and the start of the walls for this amazing life changing project!
Your donation will go directly towards building the roof and outfitting the building with plumbing, electricity, fixtures and furniture! Right away! This project is so much more than just this building. It is part of a multi-faceted community building, economic development based program with a parallel focus on preservation of indigenous arts, culture and native land.
It will house a clinic, library, classrooms and protective housing for children in need.
Construction resumed in August, and this is happening right now! We just got an email saying the project is at 80% now! Can you help this amazing project and invest in those who have not grown up with the same circumstances we have? Things like, public school, water, electricity, shoes, and toothbrushes. The goal is to invest in comunities and the children and families that can thrive there with the earned assistance in the form of education, skills training, psychological and medical support.
For adults, the assistance is earned, either by interning, keeping their children in school, or with jobs in the community. This is not a program of donations without accountability, and the entire community is dedicated to helping the next person. The children are dedicated to helping the next child that takes their place as they rise up. It is amazing! Be a part of it :)
Presently this project is creating opportunities for locals to learn new skills in the construction industry and gain future employment while helping in their own community! There are local young adults training at Fatima's existing program in the city to become future child care and child development specialists to work here when they return back to their village.
They are hiring local vendors for supplying all the materials and creating relationships with the families, shop owners and the children and families of the region. With education and training at the core, it is so inspiring. Experiencing this when our volunteering tourism trip visited the site was so uplifting and we really want to help them succeed in their life-changing programs.
Guatemala Aid fund looked beyond the challenges of the difficult landscape, they listened to the Guatemalan directors that know what is best for their communities, most effective, cost efficient, respectful to children, families and communities, and truly helpful in the long run. GAF supports sustainable programs that create positive change, not just maintenance of the existing issues. We are strong advocates for continual education as well as preservation and protection of the native environment and culture. We are deeply humbled and privileged to be part of these amazing Guatemalan run programs that unite and uplift communities.
As we know from our years working with Fatima and the Association to Eradicate Poverty... their work is based on dignity and love, with education at the core. Your generosity is literally helping to save lives, and allow others to create lives and real futures in their own beautiful country of Guatemala, and not be driven to leave out of desperation.
Thank you for your support!