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Photo Story: Cantón San José School Completion March 2022

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Parents and community members come together to welcome the Pencils of Promise team and Air Plant Supply Co. team.
Between the classrooms and bathrooms there is a cistern for the original hand washing station (so now there are two after the PoP build). The community got creative and made a small table with stools out of old tires! air plant shop pencils of promise education school build Guatemala

A breezy hallway connects the classrooms – a very necessary feature as it gets extremely hot in this region.

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An inside look at the final product – just imagine it filled with children learning. This is why we do it!
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Another view of a classroom.
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The teachers desk and an EcoFiltro which is provided to each school by PoP. EcoFiltros are silver-enhanced ceramic filters designed by Guatemalans that remove turbidity and 99.99% of harmful water-born pathogens.
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A teacher gave a quick speech about their implementation of PoP's WASH program and how impactful it has been. WASH stands for water, sanitation and hygiene – part of the program includes building bathrooms, distributing water filters and educating students and communities on healthy behaviors.

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A fundamental aspect of the PoP school builds is the hand washing station. Clean water and soap is not a guarantee in rural Guatemala. Air Plant Supply Co. is proud and humbled to help provide one aspect of the human right of hygiene to the community.

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There are four bathrooms located adjacent to the classrooms. One of the bathrooms is wheelchair accessible.

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The school playground!

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Community members support is vital to the initial build and continued success of a PoP school build. PoP believes that this "collaborative approach is key to the long-term success" of the education programs, and "ultimately public school teachers and their students".

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