This July, our group of eleven students, ages 15-18, from Where There Be Dragons stayed in the most rural areas of Guatemala for one month. Where There Be Dragons is a cultural exploration and language program that runs summer and semester courses throughout fifteen different majority world countries around the globe. Dragons’ vision statement is to provide “authentic, rugged and profound student travel adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which we travel”. In the third week of our adventure, we visited Pacux and encountered the Pacux Sustainable Agriculture and Cultural Restoration Center. Here, we met some incredibly kind people and witnessed the struggles that the community has to endure on a daily basis. So, we decided to make this fundraiser.
The Pacux Sustainable Agriculture and Cultural Restoration Center
The Pacux Sustainable Agriculture and Cultural Restoration Center is located in Pacux, just outside of Rabinal, in central Guatemala. Pacux is the new home of many Maya-Achi displaced people whose towns were destroyed by the Guatemalan army during the Civil War. The center strives to educate the children of these survivors about, as their website states, “skill building in the field of sustainable and indigenous agriculture”. Additionally, the center focuses on providing teenagers, who are between the ages of 13 and 17, with increased food security, education, and opportunities. The center emphasizes sustainable growing techniques so that these teens may use the skills they learn here, forever.
The Need For a Well
One of the tools essential for teaching and also demonstrating sustainable growth is a well. A well is a necessity in order to maintain the small farm, which is home to all of The Center's plants, some of which are vital to their food security. However, unfortunately, the center’s current well collapsed this year. Since this collapse, the center only receives one hour of water a day, which they must use for cooking, laundry, cleaning, showers, and maintaining all of their gardens.
A new well, which includes the process of digging, inserting and maintaining water pipes and a pump, would cost $4000. Additionally, the center is trying to accomplish all of their goals without a computer. They are essentially running an organization on paper. A computer, printer and connection to the internet is necessary in order for them to print a newsletter, stay in touch with international contacts, and keep up with the forty-five teenagers they are currently helping. This would cost them another $1000.
This organization is incredibly deserving of help, so for this reason, we hope to raise $5000 for the center, which is enough to provide them with both a computer and a functioning well. We appreciate any size donation and thank you for your support. Any extra money that is raised will go towards funding scholarships for students at the center to continue their studies.
Thank you so much for your contributions!