Lancetilla School – 35 students
Lancetilla is a very poor community located in a mountainous rain forest above the Lancetilla Botanical Garden about 5 miles from downtown Tela. The community needed a school because the owner of the property, where the classes were currently being held, wanted the building returned for his own private use. Since there are no roads to the area, building supplies came by tractor part of the way and part by horse. This project to construct a school was a tough one for H2H-T because of the difficult terrain…but became a favorite of the volunteers. In many instances, concrete blocks were carried up the mountain one-by-one by H2H-T volunteers. The new school building is approximately 19 x 25 feet and has two large picture windows in the front for ventilation and light. The school was finished to the roof line by H2H-T and that is currently being installed.
An additional small latrine building was constructed to house two toilets (one for boys and one for girls). The toilets are surrounded by a covered patio structure where the children will be able to have lunch and recess.
Many school supplies and clothing were given to this school along with new uniforms for every child (see Uniform Project).
Las Palmas School Classroom – 76 Students
In 2009, H2H-T constructed a very large double size classroom in this poor rural area. In preparation for the 2010 trip, H2H-T had three large security doors installed and very heavy screened bar windows. This schoolroom is very secure now. In February, the entire interior and exterior of the new school classroom was prepared and painted by H2H-T volunteers. This was a very large painting project and community members enthusiastically assisted. The school teacher was given many children’s Spanish books, school supplies dental supplies, clothing and soccer balls. New uniforms were provided for every child in need in the classroom (see Uniform Project).
Jazmin School – 70 Students
In 2009, H2H-T constructed and equipped a 14’ x 9’ kitchen and patio; installed a UV water purification system; latrines were refurbished and electric cable was installed; the school classroom and kitchen were painted and beautiful murals were painted inside and outside the school. In 2008, we built a classroom at this very poor rural school. 2010, H2H-T inspected the water system and found additional work required to make the system function correctly. The problem was solved with the purchase of a new bomb and a water container installed. The school teacher Julia was given many children’s Spanish books, school supplies dental supplies, clothing and soccer balls. H2H-T supplied numerous requested items (see Principle Necessities Project).
Gravil Avelar School – 250 Students
The UV water purification system that H2H-T installed in 2009 was inspected and it is working properly. A water test was taken. The school has developed a regular maintenance program for the water system. H2H-T volunteers were very happy to see the school spotlessly clean – the children clean the school at the end of each day. The school teacher was given many children’s Spanish books, school supplies dental supplies, clothing and soccer balls. Last year, H2H-T renovated a dilapidated building and it became a kindergarten and first grade classroom and painted this building and the entire exterior of the school.
Jubilados School – 320 Students
H2H-T installed a UV water purification system in 2009, and this was inspected. The water testing was ok, the water is good to be consumed. The Jubilados’ problem was solved, the membrane of the wáter pump had damaged but the Juventud supplier changed the part for a new one, so now it’s working properly. The new sinks have not been installed because they’re still preparing the surface were the sinks are going to go. The school has developed a regular maintenance program for the system.
Rehab Therapies Center
H2H-T leaders went to test the water at the Center, but the UV Water System had been completely disconnected because the water filter was dirty, so the water could not be tested. Since the Center’s piping system throughout the building has been exposed to the city’s dirty water, it will need to be flushed and cleaned out completely with a heavy chlorine treatment. Three new filters were brought in March to the center by the H2H-T team, and one filter was installed. The other two are for backup replacement.