|Traveler Penny Carver shares photos with villagers in Guatemala.||
||"As a retired teacher, this was a highlight. The students and teacher worked very hard to make our visit enjoyable and meaningful. We especially liked joining one student's family for a meal. It doubled the experience for us and gave us a better perspective of the community as a whole."
Ms. Janet Hirsch—Bartlett, Illinois
Oficial Parvulos School
Partner since: 2010
Total donated: $41,521
In the community of Santa Catarina Barahona, this school of 113 students had no outside support until Grand Circle Foundation evaluated its needs and established a partnership. The school principal, Sandra Natareno, is extremely grateful, and tells us that the teachers and members of the community are all committed to working with the Foundation and creating a safer, more enriching environment for the children. "I dream of the opportunity to see all of the Foundation's projects finished," she says.
Our first project will be to build lavatories for the students and an office for Sandra, who has no private space to work. We'll also fund a security wall around the perimeter of the school. In the future, we plan to build a store room, renovate the kitchen, and paint the school's interior.
School in session:
Mid-January through November
Gifts to bring if you're visiting:
- Colored posterboard
- Tempera paint
- Play dough
- Coloring Books
- Board games