Ak Tenamit, Guatemala: This is a new EWB project. Our first visit was from April 28 to May 4.
Ak’ Tenamit is an educational and vocational school that serves young people of several indigenous Mayan (Q’eqchi’) communities in eastern Guatemala. The school provides education and vocational training in two different career tracks: Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Rural Community Development. Team Ak' Tenamit from the Chicagoland Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA will be assisting in the design and implementation of several environmentally friendly engineering projects that will improve the quality of life for the students and people that work at the school. In addition, improvements to the school would not only improve the quality of life for the students, but also allow more students to attend, increasing the impact of the school.
I'm excited to be the technical lead for water quality and sanitation issues for the 400 students and over 100 staff at Ak' Tenamit. It is a very progressive school always looking to be more sustainable. With your funding support we are going to design and implement water quality, sanitation and energy improvements such as rain water harvesting, better and more toilets/coposting latrines, and aid the community to make their solar power more effective.
Project website: http://www.razoo.com/team/Ewb-Cpc-Ak-Tenamit