Community Building Projects

Since 1991, SOL has collaborated with the residents of rural communities in Nicaragua to build school classrooms and other needed infrastructure. We expanded our program to El Salvador in 1998. SOL provides all building materials and supervises the construction process, while community members provide labor and organizational support. During the construction process, volunteer work groups from the United States and Canada lend a hand with the construction.

Communities invite SOL to carry out a project through a formal request. We then hold a series of meetings during which we visit the community to explain how we work. If a project is approved, we work closely with all community members, whose involvement and leadership is critical to the project’s success.

We feel strongly that a community’s investment in as many aspects of the project as possible is vital to its immediate success as well as its longer term impacts on the community’s development process. Click below to read about some of our recent projects.

School Kitchen Construction and Equipment in Las Ruinas, Petén, Guatemala

PROJECT NAME: Las Ruinas School Kitchen Construction and Equipment           

PROJECT SUMMARY: Las Ruinas is a rural community of 2,000 inhabitants in Petén, Guatemala. It is located 50 miles away from La Libertad -the municipal capital- and 87 miles from Flores, the [. . .]

Nuevo San Jose School Kitchen Improvement Project, Petén, Guatemala

Nuevo San Jose School Kitchen Improvement Project, Petén, Guatemala

Objective: For the mothers to be able to prepare food for the children in better conditions.

About the project: The kitchen was started more or less five years ago with the collection of [. . .]

Las Mesas Library and Learning Resource Center Construction, Ciudad Darío, Nicaragua

PROJECT SUMMARY
Work with the people of the Las Mesas, Dario community to refurbish an old school structure into a library and Learning Resource Center. See the most recent photos of progress on the project [. . .]

Nuevo San Jose School Project, Petén, Guatemala

PROJECT NAME:
Nuevo San Jose multi-grade School Repair Project

PROJECT SUMMARY:
Nuevo San Jose is a rural community of outside of El Naranjo, Guatemala. The community has a functioning school with 5 teachers with approximately 125 students. The community is hoping rebuild the school so that they will h [. . .]

El Paraiso - Classroom Construction and School Improvements

El Paraíso is a growing community of 300 people in the highlands outside of Matagalpa. Families make a living through agriculture. Surrounding farms are mostly privately owned coffee farms; therefore the community is largely employed by such farms as coffee pickers during coffee season.

The local school has one t [. . .]

Santa Clara - Classroom Construction and School Improvements

The Santa Clara school is located in Ciudad Darío, less than one mile from SOL’s Learning Resource Center. The school was originally designed to be a community kitchen and dining room for local children. Eventually, it was transformed into a temporary school building. In 2011, Seeds of Learning partnered with the comm [. . .]

15 de Septiembre

The community of Tule has over 2,200 people, most of whom work in the nearby city of Matagalpa. The local elementary school serves over 500 students from preschool through 6th grade and has 15 teachers. The school was named “15 de Septiembre” in commemoration of the Act of Independence in 1821, in which [. . .]

El Chaguite

El Chaguite is a rural village of about 250 people located in the municipality of Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua.

Most community members work as subsistence farmers, or outside the home as door-to-door salesmen or in other entrepreneurial endeavors. There is potable water and electricity in most houses, and most homes ha [. . .]

El Progreso

El Progreso school is located in the rural, mountainous community of Despala Quemada #2 in the municipality of Matagalpa. The majority of the 300 community members work as farmers, growing coffee, flowers, and vegetables.

The community is well organized, and the people are very interested in improving the conditi [. . .]

Three Community School Refurbishment Project

La Remonta, Asiento Viejo, and Las Mesas are rural communities located within 20 km of Ciudad Darío. Seeds of Learning and volunteers have worked with all three communities in the past to build much-needed classrooms. Although these classrooms provide important educational opportunities through improved infrastructure, [. . .]

La Laguna

Thanks to additional funding from a number of generous donors, in 2016 we were able to continue work on the La Laguna Satellite Center in Matagalpa.

In 2013, SOL began to work with the community to build a new preschool and learning center.  Although the preschool and parts of the center are operational, the cen [. . .]