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IMPROVING LIVES IN SAN ANTONIO PALOPO, GUATEMALA

Improvements in the health of families in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala were a direct result of a District Grant Project (DCG 21) implemented in January-February, 2022.

Three Rotarians from the Chemainus Club – Tom Andrews, David Sheppard and Jacqueline Mealing – worked directly with the community to implement the project. The local Directiva, a volunteer women’s organization, selected the families and children involved in the projects based on economic and health needs.

The project included:

  • Housing improvements for three families including constructing a house addition, installing a wood stove and chimney, building furniture, building a stone staircase, and installing a concrete floor and corrugated roofing. The improvements increased the livability of the homes by providing dry, smoke free conditions with better visibility.
  • Nutritional supplement, Incaparina, was purchased to supply 50 families with young children for 6 months. The supplement improves the development and health of young children.
  • School supplies were purchased and donated to 125 children whose parents could not afford the supplies. This allows the children to participate in school lessons and physical education programs.
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