As a member of the Guatemala School fundraising Committee, I am very pleased to report that the construction of the new school building started a few weeks ago and is going well. The walls and roof had been completed and the work of completing the interior can commence with occupancy expected in February or March. An official opening ceremony will be held in late March with a group from St. Andrew’s-Wesley planning to be in attendance.
Additionally, I am thrilled to share the good news that by the end of this month, not only will we have sent 95% of the construction costs, we will have raised enough to pay for the entire construction budget. Any additional funds coming in (so, yes- there is still an opportunity to support this project financially) will provide new desks and chairs for both students and staff and to equip the school with other necessary furniture. At only $30 a desk for Grades 4, 5 and 6 students or $38 for tables and chairs for K-3 students, these make great gifts for Christmas or any other time for those “hard-to-buy-for” people.
This project kicked off after Blair and a group from our congregational visited Guatemala in 2016 and has primarily involved 3 United Church congregations - Highlands, St. Andrew’s-Wesley and Lynn Valley, with LVUC spearheading the fundraising and administrative process. A group from LVUC went with Blair in march of this year, with some of them returning passionate about sharing their dream of what we might accomplish to help this tiny, inpoverished Mayan village.
At the official ground-breaking ceremony for the new school held in October, the local mayor asked “Who are these wonderful, unknown people who are providing a new school for our community?”.
To all of you who have helped to make this amazing project so successful, you are those wonderful people and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts – as do the children and families of Chwitiziribal.