Calgary West member, Steve Strang, presented on the status of the two school builds at our Feb 3/20 meeting.

The first, in the village of Chillil, was completed in September and included a new kitchen with storage room, updating of bathroom with a new water storage tank, and a new septic system. This was not a Global Grant project but was done with help from Calgary North, Calgary Downtown, Lethbridge Rotary Club, and part of the Community Initiatives Program grant from the Province of Alberta.

The second project was in the "village" of Chiminsguan which is located high up in the hills of Guatemala. This was done with a Global Grant from Rotary International and help from our club, Downtown Club, and a District grant from Rotary District 5360. Getting materials up to the school site was challenging, especially during the rainy season. The families of the students enrolled in the school played a key part in getting the project finished. The school was ready and in use by late December.

The project included three classrooms plus a kitchen complete with a new stove. The project includes a training component that is currently being done. This is the final phase of the project and will be completed by the end of June.