Children climbing up the 600,000 gallon capacity water tank, following Fern, 12/21/2018
3. You may know that remote villages in Guatemala have no infrastructure - scant electricity (an electrical wire passing inside some of the homes), no running water, no refrigeration, and minor protection from the elements, making them at risk during hurricane season.
There are very few places in the community where one can get a cell signal or internet connectivity, and it is very slow. Therefore, when our workers travel to Chajmaic, they stay in the closest, safest hotel, which is a 2-hour drive through a mountainous area with scant cell signal.
As developments ramp up and we make plans to return more frequently to the region, to save long-term costs, Sowing Opportunities is initiating a capital campaign to acquire a plot of land away from the river, on high ground, and construct a multipurpose building that would be owned by the nonprofit.
We would first gain buy-in from the village leadership (COCODE). The building would be used for safe office, meal, and sleep space with utilities, for when workers are in the region. It would also be used for emergency shelter during flooding for the village's most vulnerable - the aged and infirm, and single mothers and their children.
Ricardo found land which is unique in its centrality and availability. (See below.) In terms of location, it is close to the school and the health center in Chajmaic. It meets all the criteria. To buy this land, we are looking to raise USD $12,870. $12,870$12,870 $12,870