Mission Statement

The Sienna Project is committed to building  schoolsin small Mayan villages in Guatemala.  We choose villages whose people suffered great harm during the thirty year civil war that finally ended in 1998, where there may not be enough classrooms or no classrooms at all.  The national government pays teachers’ salaries, but does not provide funds for school buildings.  In many indigenous villages children never attend school.It is virtually impossible for children to learn to read and write and understand numbers without going to school.  The Sienna Project is providing the needed classrooms to make the seemingly impossible… possible.

The Sienna Project is uniquely positioned to economically construct school buildings in Guatemala.  We have a man on the ground there.  Derek Lavanhar, an expatriate living in Chichicastenango, has construction experience and a working knowledge of the local indigenous dialect.