2011 – Nueva Victoria & Palanquix

The Sienna Project build two schools in 2011.

The trip into Chi-Chi has been made slower and  safer but 30 some speed bumps.

The trip into Chi-Chi has been made slower and
safer but 30 some speed bumps.

The first school was Nueva Victoria in the last week in February. Three feet of rain from Hurricane Agatha swept the village of Panamiche (pan-a mish AYE) into the nearby river. They lost their homes and school building, their crops and animals, but no lives were lost. With aid from some international charities the villagers purchased land in Solala. With the move, they changed their name from Panamiche to Nuevo Victoria.

Sometimes a big gringo helps.

Sometimes a big gringo helps.

When we arrived a number of families were still living in USAID tents. They had no permanent water supply, no electricity to the site and a shanty type corrugated building for a temporary school. We worked with the Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship  in Lafayette, Colorado that funded and sent 18 volunteers to build three classrooms.

Fireworks kicking off the closing ceremony

Fireworks kicking off the closing ceremony

A week after Nueva Victoria we went to Palanquix, Cotiyab (pa-lin KISH, co-tee HOB) in Solala and built a three classroom school with our usual contingent of 8 Gringo Volunteers.  When we left at the end of a week… the walls were up and painted

Derek still had lot of work to do after we left to finish the buildings.  He has to weld the window frames and doors and install them.  He welds the roof beams and gets them into place.  Derek then supervised the electrical work and purchases desks, white boards, shelving, etc. and had them delivered.

More pictures from trip members Tom Hart, Jason Fletcher and Susan Rak.