|Future for Children - Aldea Laura e.V.|
The Development of the School
The Latrine Project
Additional goals and wishes
How to help these children . . .
In the Highlands of Guatemala ...
|"A Future for
Children - Aldea Laura"
fosters the integrated and free personal development of Mayan children in the highlands of Guatemala. The association especially promotes the children’s education. We help directly to preserve and to cultivate the cultural and material conditions in Guatemala. For the good of the children, we help their parents with the production of arts and crafts as well as agricultural goods. This is an abstract of the homepage of the Germany-based “ALDEA LAURA - Zukunft für Kinder” organization with its Guatemalan sister organization “ ALDEA LAURA – Futuro para niños”. “ALDEA LAURA – Zukunft für Kinder”, a small, completely privately funded NGO, concentrates on a project in the highlands of Guatemala designed to help underprivileged Mayan children. The project offers education on several levels and runs a small health centre in Chocruz/Guatemala.
The Mayans make up at least half the population of Guatemala,
is 40 % mestizos and just 5 % white. The different groups live
apart from each other. The highlands are Indian territory, whilst the
better-off mestizos predominate in the towns.
The people in the highlands live in extreme poverty. They
malnutrition, unhygienic conditions and a shortage of drinking water.
care is inadequate to non-existing and communications are appalling.
The lives of Mayan families are blighted by social injustice: 75 %
of the workable agricultural land is owned by 4 % of the population.
Indian smallholder is left with only a tiny area of cultivable land in
the arid steppes of the highlands, which often cannot support the
Periods of civil war took an unimaginable toll on the rural population:
yet the people in these parts continue to fight for their dignity and
their homeland and a living for their families.
The Development of the School
The number very
rose to 20 in a makeshift corrugated-iron hut where the children had to
sit very close together. When the enthusiastic throng of pupils grew to
40, building work began on the school, in February 1997, using locally
made adobe bricks.
and at the opening on February 2, 1998 there were already 90 pupils. This little school, which has developed into the central school of the mountain region, has now 265 pupils in 2016.
After the official acknowledgement by the Guatemalan government in 1999 ALDEA LAURA plans to offer a new branch to give the children a chance to develop at least some basic vocational skills, too, e.g. in the fields of the local weaving tradition,
professional farming, bakery, tailoring, office work.
For the storage of wood to be worked
the carpentry, there was
built a new hall in 2010, that is also used as assembly and show room.
Their principle and purpose and correct
were explained to parents and children, providing information which
their concern for the environment. This represented a major step
in terms of health and hygiene for the children.
In 2012 the association MIRADOR e.v. of Leipzig/Germany was planning to construct and maintain a health centre in close neighborhood of our school project. On June 13 the building was completed and committed to the indigenous population. Two of our former pupils are working there as nurses.
Offering her weekends this trained pediatrician gives
medical care to the neglected children for the first time in their
It is intended to expand the health station, because the services of a
dentist and a gynecologist are urgently needed, too. ALDEA LAURA must
sure that there are the basics as a proper room, sufficient
a refrigerator for medicine, examination couch and so on. Hopefully, we
will find idealistic specialists to donate some of their free-time to
children (and their families) in Chocruz.
Basically, it is important to win the parents for the idea of education. In the Chocruz area just three men can read and write, all the other adults are completely illiterate. So we are happy that today there is a parents’ committee and an adult group which even tries to master the three R’s themselves!
in our GALLERY
(with German subtitles)
What has happened so far?
Fall 1998: Official acknowledgment of the school by the Ministry of Education. The school now has the name
"Centro Educativo Futuro Para Niños, Paraje Chocruz, Pamumus, Santa Ana, Momostenango, Totonicapan."Summer 1999: Start of the school’s second enlargement: three classrooms and employee housing is added, the kitchen is enlarged.
2008: Installation and commissioning of a carpenter's workshop
2010: The first pupils finished their apprenticeship.
June 2012: Health Centre of MIRADOR e.V. installed.
... we sell come from Antigua, Chichistenango, Momostenango, San Antonio, Aguas Calientes, Santa Maria de Jesus, Santa Rosa, Solola and many other villages in Guatemala. We buy all products for a fair price from the families and sell them without a middle man. The profit we make goes to the school project.
Arts and Crafts:
Almost exclusively hand-made originals including bags, carpets, shawls, tapestries, backpacks, and textiles
Traditional Maya Clothing:
peraches, huipil, corte, fachas
arks, wooden animals, pottery; jewelry made from natural materials like jade.
With opening of the health centre "Renate Hänsler" CLINICA DE CHOCRUZ on June 13, 2012, this goal has become rality.
of the school house
As the old school house was criticized repetitively from the authorities as unsufficiant against earthquake, it occured necessary to construct a new one. This was tackled in 2017 and completed with the official opening on February 20, 2018. The growing of the reconstruction is shown in pictures at the german website NEUBAU.
You can become a member (membership fee of 31 EURO/ year)
You can sponsor the school project on a monthly basis
You can sponsor a single part of our project with a larger sum
Bank account:All donations serve a charitable purpose.
We will issue you a receipt for tax purposes, if you add your complete address on the transfer form:
First Name, Family NameIf you are interested in working in Guatemala as a volunteer, please, send us an e-mail for further information.
of the following addresses: