CANTON VILLA NUEVA, GUANTAN & RANCHO VIEJO SCHOOLS

Canton Villa Nueva School, Guantan School and Rancho Viejo School, Huehuetenango, Guatemala

Three small school projects were carried out by the Costa Foundation in February 2012 and completed in September 2012 in the Department of Huehuetenango in the Huista Region of Guatemala.

Located an eight hour drive west of Guatemala City the projects were specifically at the communities of Canton Villa Nueva (70 families), Guantan (320 families) and Rancho Viejo (600 families).

Canton Villa Nueva was lacking in school facilities so the Costa Foundation invested in a three classroom block enabling children to have a decent education within their own community.

At Guantan and Rancho Viejo, the Costa Foundation invested in computer labs at two existing schools in order to give the teachers better access to teaching materials and the children the ability to learn IT skills and access a wider base of learning materials. The Local Education Authority provided trained IT teachers and the adults from both communities are now using the facilities during the evenings.

Huehuetenango is the second most populated Department in Guatemala after Guatemala City. Over 70% of the population lives in poverty and the ethnicity is amongst the most diverse in Guatemala with an estimated 65% belonging to an indigenous Maya group. Coffee is a major source of income for these people with maize and cassava as secondary crops.

An amazing 58% of the Huehuetenango population is under the age of 20 which highlights the need for educational infrastructure and support.

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