Texts for Maya Middle School





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Project Description

Country: Guatemala

Location: Seacacar

Total Budget: $4,000

Areas of Focus: Basic education and literacy, Economic and community development

Activity Type: Education: General

Summary: Textbooks for middle school students in Seacacar, Guatemala

The main purpose of this project is to create access to Guatemalan textbooks for the Q'eqchi Mayan youth studying in Seacacar, one of a dozen villages in the Rio Sauce watershed. All live without electricity or running water and survive by hunting, fishing and gardening. With fewer trees and animals in the forest and fewer fish in the river, survival is increasingly difficult. Citizens know that without education they cannot save their ancestral home.

Residents also recognize the need for local economic development if their children are to remain in the area. These Q'eqchi Mayans have already done much to reverse the deforestation in the Rio Sauce watershed. They recently planted 10,000 tropical saplings and plan to reintroduce the scarlet macaw and the river otter as they move forward. A recently built lodge offers accommodations to eco-tourists and environmentalists. Nature paths attract bird-watchers and hikers. With publicity on television and on the internet the Reserva Natural Canon Seacacar has become a destination for tourists and a source of income for its citizens.

In 2018 with the help of a $500 mini-Grant from Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA (RECSWUSA), the From Books to Brilliance Foundation (FBTB), a New Mexico based 501(c)(3), donated a total of 240 textbooks, 20 each for language arts, math, science, and social studies for grades 7, 8, and 9. With 40 students in each class, texts are currently shared. Because several of Seacacar's neighboring villages are now sending their children to study in Seacacar, next year's enrollment has doubled. More textbooks and ancillary school supplies are needed. This grant will allow RECSWUSA to work in partnership with FBTB to provide those additional Guatemalan-approved texts. Any remaining monies will be used to purchase needed ancillary supplies for classroom use. In the fall of this year, RECSWUSA members Kim Covill and Debbie Gonzales (also volunteers with FBTB) will coordinate with Seacacar school personnel to purchase and deliver these resources to the village.

Upon graduation from the middle school, students can continue their studies at the nearby Asociacion Ak'Tenamit. This internationally renowned development project, founded by Rotarian Steve Dudenhoefer, teaches and promotes sustainable entrepreneurship for rural youth while also strengthening their cultural identity. Many of Seacacar's students expect to study sustainable tourism, hotel/restaurant management and environment sciences, which would enable them to create businesses and thrive in their own village.

Project Contact Person

District: 5495

Rotary Club of: E-Club of the Southwest

Primary Contact: Kim Covill

Email: kim@frombookstobrilliance.org

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

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E-Club of the Southwest (5495)









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History Log Entries


by Jim Bissonett

Kim, I added $2000 in DDF from our district to match the $2000 from the club. So your project is now completely funded to $4000.


by Kim Covill

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jim Bissonett

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Kim Covill.


by Jim Bissonett

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by Jim Bissonett

Kim, I can only make the check payable to the club. Where (address) do I send it?


by Jim Bissonett

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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