May 7, 2019

Bamboozled

Collecting bamboo
Collecting bamboo

We are ever so excited about the new school garden in Chuk Muk. The whole community is participating in making this garden a success and this is no mean feat.

The elementary teachers, the parents of our sponsor students, students and our Guatemalan Board of Directors have all been going up into the mountains to collect bamboo for building garden beds and structures. We have started making our own organic fertilizers as well as an organic compost accelerant. We have been able to make several tons of organic compost to put in our new garden beds.

The next task was digging through rocks to create the lower part of the garden beds. We have then filled the beds with our compost, coffee pulp, leaves, manure, mountain dirt and weed from the lake. We are now ready to start planting in rich, loamy soil.

The goal of this project is to help feed the 500 elementary students healthy, nutritious food and to teach the community about the value of organic gardening. This project would not be sustainable without community support and we are pleased that we have a committed group.

 

 

Making organic fertilizers
Making organic fertilizers
Collecting mountain dirt
Collecting mountain dirt
Digging down to make the garden beds
Digging down to make the garden beds
Layers the new beds with leaves, compost etc
Layers the new beds with leaves, compost etc
a completed garden bed
a completed garden bed
May 7, 2019

Chess Anyone

Grade 5 students learning chess
Grade 5 students learning chess

.We believe that there are many components to a successful education. For this reason we have helped build the school library collection as well as  introduced CHESS into the elementary classroom at Chuk Muk. To make this possible we  visited numerous thrift stores in Canada to find second hand chess sets.

We has a lot of fun explaining the game of chess to the students and we were impressed with how quickly they picked it up.

Chess is important because it improves mental prowess, helps develop thinking skills and has been shown to directly contibute to acedemic performance. Learning to play chess improves the ability to think rationally and while the students are learning thoughtfulness and patience, they are having a great time.

not enough sets, let's work in pairs
not enough sets, let's work in pairs
you can see the intensity
you can see the intensity
Learning strategies
Learning strategies
Feb 25, 2019

Sponsorship in Action

This suit is for practicums and graduation
This suit is for practicums and graduation

Every January is very exciting at Aldea Maya as it is the start of the new school year. Our school sponsorship program is working as we help the poorest families keep their children in school. Here are some pictures of our sponsor students receiving supplies, back pack, school uniforms and shoes. We are also meeting with all the sponsored students as they start the school year. We want to know what courses they are struggling in before the problem grows. Then we set up an individual tutoring plan to assist them. Our university students are great role models and tutors.

Choosing embroidery thread for school uniform
Choosing embroidery thread for school uniform
A new sponsored student with her supplies
A new sponsored student with her supplies
School shoes, an essential
School shoes, an essential
 
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