A team from the Marysville and South Everett-Mukilteo Rotaries will be building a new School for Nuevo Santiago.
Nuevo Santiago was founded in 2005, and is located 25.5 miles from downtown Barillas. It takes 2 ½ hours to get to the village by 4-wheel drive vehicle. In 2005, thirty families came to the area and formed the community. They had conflicts with people who said they were owners of the land, but finally, through the Secretary of Agricultural Affairs, the land was declared to be vacant.
Nuevo Santiago currently has a school made out of wood that parents have built for their children. However, the conditions of the classrooms are really poor, and they lack proper school equipment that is badly needed. The villagers have already submitted a request for a new school from the municipality of Barillas, but have not yet received a response.
The good news is that the villagers already have a piece of land on which to build the new school, and Hands for Peacemaking and a team from the Marysville & South Everett-Mukilteo Rotaries are stepping up to make this a reality.
Villagers in Nuevo Santiago make just $4.00 for a day of work, and that's only when they have the opportunity to work. They don’t always have work in the village, so they often go to the Ixcan area or Mexico to find jobs, and bring home money to their families. Villagers grow cardamom, corn, beans, and coffee to be able to support their families.
There is no electrical service in Nuevo Santiago, so Hands for Peacemaking Foundation staff will bring in a generator for the team in order to facilitate building the school.