Guatemala is a country plagued by many of the social problems that accompany extreme injustice and marginalization.
54% of the country lives in poverty; land inequality is the highest in the region; and the literacy rate is a mere 69%. This impoverished society lives in overpopulated, inadequate homes, depriving them of a foundation with which to improve their lives.
Since it was founded in 1979, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala (HFHG) has worked to empower these underserved communities. The Rotary Club of Templeton has partnered with the Atascadero and Paso Robles Sunrise clubs to assist HFHG with housing solutions in Guatemala through the construction of housing colonies.
The colonies are intended to provide holistic living condition improvements for the benefit of families. In addition to providing secure housing and land rights, the colonies stimulate community networks and cultivate social capital.
Pictured is a dump site in Guatemala.  People searching for valuable scraps... and a woman bathes.
Public spaces are an integral part of fostering the united sensibility necessary for community development, and funding for a Children´s Park has been possible by local Rotary clubs (Templeton, Atascadero, Paso Robles Sunrise). A Rotary Team is also being formed to travel to assist with the construction of a much-needed Children's Safe Zone.
The travel date for this project is tentatively set for January 21-28, 2015.
Additional Rotary Clubs are encouraged to partner with this great project!
For more information contact Team Leader Nancy Fiske at:
Thank you for your support!