Santa Clara School, Santa Catarina School and Renacimiento School, Solola, Guatemala

Prior to building these schools the education infrastructure was inadequate with up to 100 children crammed into poor standard classrooms with dirt floors and leaking rooves. Demolishing the old buildings started in March 2009 and all three schools were opened in May 2010.

Two of the Costa Foundation trustees witnessed first-hand the real need for classrooms in these extremely remote areas some four hours’ drive west of Guatemala City. Now, thanks to our work with the Neumann Foundation, three fully furnished schools opened on time and within budget, much to the delight of the communities.

Santa Clara in Paquib boasts two brand new classrooms, complete with computer equipment and a new playground. 

Santa Clara School, Guatemala

Meanwhile the children at Santa Catarina School in Paquilá are benefitting from three new fully furnished classrooms, sanitation, books and even an upgraded kitchen to ensure that they eat a good lunch every day.

Santa Catarina School, Guatemala

Finally, the Costa Foundation has converted a disused building in the heart of the Xojolá village into Renacimiento School. Xojolá (pronounced Chocolat) now has two new fully utilised classrooms, one of which is being used by the community as a computer learning centre complete with 12 new computers.

In light of learnings from Yupiltepeque in 2009, there has been further investment into a child nutrition programme. All three communities now have access to demonstration gardens and evening classes for parents and children on food production and nourishment.

The schools are situated in rural villages within the region of Solola 195 kms (121 miles) west of Guatemala City. It is an impoverished area with 71% of the population below the poverty line and 40% of the population being below 18 years of age. Over 90% of the population is of indigenous origin producing coffee on small farms with less than a hectare of land.


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