I along with three other students (Mahmoud Bouad, Juan Manzo, Andrea Ramos) from Westminster College (Fulton, MO) are traveling to Guatemala this summer for a service trip. We won the Project for Peace award, a prestigious grant that is awarded to students from Universities and Colleges that are a part of the Davis United World College Scholars partner school. The grant is for the purpose of conflict prevention and resolution. Our Project focuses on building a rainwater collection system in a school called Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta Alberto Zarco
in the small town of Caserio Los Guates, San Juan Sacatepequez, Guatemala. The area suffers from water scarcity, which sometimes causes conflict among its multiethnic community. By addressing the issue of water scarcity at the school we hope to reduce tensions among students and try and bring the community together.
We are working with a company called Cassa (to learn more) , that specializes in building sustainable homes, which are equipped with solar panels and rainwater collection systems. While our grant covers the cost of building the system that will harvest rainwater, the proposed size of the collection tank(3x3.5x1.6 m)
is too small to address the needs of a school of 500 students. We are therefore asking for donations of any amount that will assist in funding this project. Your donations will assist in the building and maintenance of this water catchment system. Every donation, no matter the amount will make a difference, in helping us improve the lives of these kids. You can learn more about our project here . If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Thank you.
- Manzar Baqai
- Nader Mezhef
- Fatimetu Jatri Emhamed
- Maha Ahmad
- Muhammad Siddik
Organizer and beneficiary
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