Las Majadas Projects

Where we work:

The Las Majadas primary school in the Palajunoj Valley is located outside Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  The locals call Quetzaltenango “Xela” after its indigenous name, Xelajú.  Nearly all schools in the Valley have insufficient sanitation facilities including latrines and hand washing stations, some schools lacking this infrastructure completely.

If you’d like to travel and help with construction or design of our projects, we ask you to join us for our monthly meeting currently being held on Google Meets! Please see the calendar for our schedule.

Our mission:

As the Syracuse Professional Chapter, we work with Las Majadas to plan, evaluate, construct, and maintain the latrines at their primary school, in addition to constructing additional handwashing stations. The Chapter acts on its vision to improve the quality of life for Guatemalan rural communities through access to adequate sanitation, integrated health education programs, and access to medical services. Improving the school’s infrastructure will encourage students to practice hygienic habits in school, reducing their risk of contracting parasites. The Chapter hopes to meet the needs of the community and empower the people with knowledge and skills by emphasizing community training during construction.

The Syracuse Professional Chapter is currently involved in two projects in Las Majadas, Guatemala.  They include: a water supply project which is in the implementation stage, and a latrine system which is in the monitoring and evaluation phase.

Click on the respective project’s page for more information.

Interested in Joining Us?
Contact if you would like to work on any of these projects or if you have other local project needs.

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