The Children’s Village
The Project Somos Children’s Village is being constructed just outside of Tecpán, Guatemala.
The Village will be comprised of many family homes. The first two homes are complete: one of them is home to two families, and two more families will be moving into the second home soon.
Shared organic gardens will help the mothers and children learn new skills and eat nutritious meals.
The Village has the only playground in the area and is being enjoyed by the local children once as week, as well as the Project Somos children on a daily basis.
The Village has a large Community Hall which has a commercial kitchen, four toilets and four showers and will be used for gatherings for the mothers and children, as well as rented out to generate income to support the Village.
There will be buildings for art and music workshops, a library and administration space.
As well as being designed to have an inherent beauty and harmony, the Village will is being built to be eco-sustainable with alternative electric generation, rain water capture, grey water recycling, and solar energy.
Permaculture is incorporated into all the design features of the Village and partnering organizations.
All means to be energy self-sufficient are being utilized.
Organic agriculture is an essential part of the Village and will provide food for the families.
The Village will be managed by the Village Director, a local Guatemalan. Local Guatemalans will be employed in other areas as well.