‘Social Projects’ Archive

New home, new students, and a new school year. April 30, 2018 No Comments

In the previous blog post I talked about the Cooperativa Spanish School‘s latest ‘Kamoon’ home building project. I’m happy to announce that the home is finished! The Quem Martin family moved into their beautiful new home in January; here’s a video about the construction and celebration: This was the 5th Kamoon Project home to be [...]

August visit to San Pedro October 4, 2017 No Comments

I headed back to San Pedro La Laguna sola in August. This time a special highlight was helping with the first day of construction on the Cooperativa Spanish School‘s Kamoon Home Building Project’s 5th home, this one for very sweet Quem Martín family. More than 2 dozen volunteers including students and staff from the Cooperativa [...]

More to celebrate in San Pedro: local festivities and social projects November 20, 2015 No Comments

Mike joined me for my last week in San Pedro. We enjoyed bumping into Beca students and families around town and visited the successful chocolate business that Beca Project university student Dorcas started with her sister and another friend. We also took many of the Beca students and their families shopping for needed items thanks [...]

New Kamoon Home #3! January 19, 2014 No Comments

In 2009 the Cooperativa School directors dreamed of building homes for the families of San Pedro La Laguna with the most severe need. That dream is coming true for a 3rd family this year, the family of Petronila Navichoc Ujpan and her children. You can watch a video about the family and their home HERE. [...]

New Cooperativa School May 14, 2013 4 Comments

I have loved the Cooperativa Spanish School since my 1st visit in 2007. What really makes the school great are the directors and the teachers and their wonderful social projects, but part of the attraction has been the gorgeous garden setting overlooking the lake. With rising lease costs and lack of control, the directors of [...]

The Navichoc Pacay house is complete! February 18, 2013 No Comments

I’m so happy and proud to announce in this blog that the Navichoc Pacay family has moved into their brand new home! Here’s the photo we received in 2009 when older daughter Andrea became our very 1st Beca student. The Cooperativa School directors started their Kamoon home building project in 2009 and this is the [...]

Kamoon home project videos May 28, 2011 No Comments

I was happy to see these recent videos featuring the completed and future home building projects. The Cooperativa staff has named this project “Kamoon” which is a Tz’utujil Maya word that means “working together to help each other”. Each of these deserving families includes a Beca student: Maria Ujpan Tuch and Andrea Navichoc Pacay. Video [...]

Ujpan Tuch family’s home is complete!! May 16, 2011 1 Comment

It is with joy in my heart that I pass along the news: the Ujpan Tuch family’s home is complete! I feel so lucky today. Of course I am grateful for my own comfortable home and the love and support of my circle of family and friends, but I am feeling especially fortunate to know [...]

Ujpan Tuch house nears completion! April 12, 2011 No Comments

Hello again mis amigos! I recently received photos of the progress on the Ujpan Tuch home and it’s nearly complete! There are 8 in the family and the size of the lot is small – barely larger than the house footprint – so they built 2 stories. You can see from the 2nd and 3rd [...]

Construction Project family visit July 16, 2010 No Comments

On July 16th I visited Florinda and her family. The folks at the Cooperativa Spanish School are hoping to build a new home for them and have currently raised more than $6000 of the roughly $9000 total cost. Here’s a YouTube video you can view about this project. Additional families have been selected and plans [...]