Thanks to generous Food For The Poor donors, an isolated community in Guatemala that once relied on a chicken coop as a school will soon be getting the real thing. FFP Development Advisor Lisa Thompson shares the story of El Tabacal, now with a new school under construction:
El Tabacal, located at 1,139 feet above sea level, is a large farmland with one dirt road. There is no means of transportation except for a bus that passes the farmland every day. The 40 families that live there would love their children to go to school. Out of desperation, they converted an abandoned chicken coop (pictured above) into one. The structure has no bathroom facilities, no electricity and only one room. There are 150 children of all ages attending this make-shift school. A new school is desperately needed so that the children who want to learn can do so in a safe, child-friendly environment. They have a dream of a better life, and we have the tools to help them.