CFH IS BUILDING THIS HIGH SCHOOL IN MEMORY OF OUR DECEASED FIELD DIRECTOR RAFAEL RANDAL JUAREZ, DESIGNED BY PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEER AND ARCHITECT JIM FANJOY site_front hi res
This high school is co-ed and primarily for bilingual Mayan students who want to be primary school teachers. The school teaches the Mayan tradition of pursuing community service after graduation, as opposed to a government school which prepares students to earn a living. Note the strong Mayan motif, with the four wings representing the four cardinal points of the Mayan compass.
 
 
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CFH has committed to raising $28,000 to purchase cement, blocks and rebar. The mayor provided the land and a tractor, and the parents provided money for labor. The students helped when needed. This was an empowering partnership, not a “toxic” handout which makes the reipeint dependent on the donor. This would be a $1 million project in the States, for just the structure with no finishings.
 
 

STUDENTS POURING SLAB, AUGUST, 2011

STUDENTS AND PARENTS EXPLAINING WHY THEY NEED THEIR OWN HIGH SCHOOL

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This was an amazing day, and I was fortunate to be there to watch. Such energy, laughter and joy among the students as they worked together to mix the concrete and pour the slab. I asked the woman, lower left in red guipil (blouse) why she was working so hard to mix the concrete. “For my son.” “What do you mean?” I asked. “So he doesn’t have to mix concrete and can study,” she responded. I watched her all morning as she moved from one job to another, bringing gravel, mixing concrete, and seldom resting. Twice a week she walks four to five hours, each way from her village, to bring food to her three children studying in town. She also brings bundles of yokote (kindling with sap) to sell, and when tuition is due she sells a sheep. Her husband has tuberculosis and can not work. As we were leaving the school she stopped our car and asked if I could help with her son’s tuition. I vowed to myself to finish the school.

 
 

 
 
STUDENTS AND PARENTS EXPRESSING THEIR THANKS FOR OUR SUPPORT

 
 

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Week six of construction.
 
 

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April 4, 2011
 
 
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Students unloading building materials from truck.
 
 
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Mayan blessing of the construction site.

DOING SO MUCH WITH SO LITTLE

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Peace Corps Volunteer and architect for the projct Jim Fanjoy shows one of the homemade hack saws used to cut the rebar. Although there is electricity at the site, they had no power tools, until Hoby Baker from Darien recently donated a circular saw for cutting wood, a power drill for making holes in concrete, table saw, cement mixer and air compressor. They still need a saw for cutting cement block, and a saw for cutting rebar.
 
 

POURING FIRST SLAB, JUNE 2011

It was an exciting day for the whole town. Students from the school helped mix and pour the concret.

NAMING OPPORTUNITIES ARE AVAILABLE TO PUT A DONOR’S NAME ON A CLASSROOM OR COMPUTER LAB.

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