Thank you to everyone who has helped on our project over the years. You have made our time in Guatemala a success and have helped bring clean water to schools in three neighboring communities. This would not have been possible without your support. Over the last few months our chapter has considered the impact that we have made in this region and we are pleased with the progress. We were able to bring sustainable solutions to water and sanitation challenges to this area. For many reasons we are deciding to place the Guatemala projects on a status of "monitoring." This does not mean that we are finished in this area. We want to make sure that our projects last and are a value to the community and to our donors. This means that we are not going to initiate new projects for these communities. We will continue to travel to the region and we will continue to evaluate the success of our projects. If changes are needed in order that they function correctly we wil make those changes.We have developed a deep love for the people of Guatemala and we want to make sure that our projects continue to serve them well. However, we are going to focus our design skills a little farther to the East. We have identified a community in Nahuaterique, Honduras that is struggling to develop a water collections system. Please stay tuned here and to our website as this project unfolds. Great things are happening. Thank you for being a part of them!
Over the summer EWB-JAX received monitoring updates from our local NGO, Aqua Para La Salud (APS) on our water and sanitation projects in Guatemala. Several visits were made to the schools over the last year by the APS's Circuit Riders. The latrines with the flush toilets are still in good use. A new teacher has been assigned to maintain the structures. The toilets themselves are showing some wear, but are all functioning. A basket was in place for each stall for soiled paper. The teachers were advised that they could flush the paper, but this habit of collecting paper is well established in Guatemala and hard to change. The septic tank and absorption pit are functioning as designed and there are no reports of odor or leakage. The new maintenance man was shown how to check the septic tank for solid accumulation and what to expect is normal for the tank. In general, the structures are functioning as planned except for some normal wear and tear. The long term sustainability of the facilities depends a great deal on the competence and vigilance by the teachers in controlling the children and the use of the facilities. EWB-JAX and APS will continue to make visits to assist the schools with repairs and remind the teachers and children of their responsibilities. Thank you again for your support and donations to help provide clean water and proper sanitation to the schoolchildren of Nebaj,Guatemala.
Our Project team is still exchanging correspondance with our local contacts at potential project sites. We will soon arrive at an agrreement with one of the villages, and we look forward to reporting more details as soon as possible.
We last reported that there is an uncertain political climate in Guatemala and Honduras at the moment. We are currently re-evaluating our position in Guatemala, and we are likely to seek a partnership with communities in another country, possibly outside of Central America.
We've hit a speedbump in developing new projects for this year. Unfortunately, there is an uncertain political climate in Guatemala and Honduras at the moment. Our ability to work with our on-site contacts is likely to be disrupted by the political changes. We are currently re-evaluating our position in Guatemala, and we are likely to seek a partnership with communities in another country, possibly outside of Central America.
Please stay tuned. In any event, all donations are guaranteed to be spent on project materials and on-site, community labor. Your support is appreciated, and we look for to updating you on the direction of our efforts in three months!
Thank you so much for your recent donations. As always, we genuinely appreciate your generosity in supporting our projects in Guatemala! Hundreds of lives have been affected by your donations, and we are writing to let you know that our effort is continuing!
New projects are being planned in the Nebaj region of Guatemala. We are in the process of finalizing a commitment to the communities that will be receiving your help! All of our projects require a 10% financial ccmmitment from the participating community to ensure that the community wishes to receive enhancements to their water supply.
You support allows our team in Jacksonville, Florida to purchase materials and local labor. 100% of your donations are spent on project costs, not adminstrative fees. Without your project funding we could not continue. We thank you for your support! We will return with an update in three months, including details on the new projects!
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