Tuesday, February 10, 2009

L.I.F.E. School in Panajachel

LIFE School Director George Nippo & Sucely (student)

We're selling beautiful, handbeaded keychains to raising money for computers for one of my favorite grade schools in Panajachel, with a multicultural group of Guatemalan, indigenous and American / European students:

SeeL.I.F.E. School (which can also use volunteers) at: http://www.lifeschoolweb.com/

LIFE School is located on the shores of Lake Atitlán, considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. The lake region is in the Guatemalan highlands, where the indigenous culture remains strong. Most families in this region continue to speak Mayan languages (Kaqchikel and Tz’utujil) and wear traditional, hand-woven clothing.

School Campus

The school is in a secluded, quiet area close to the lake. All buildings are simple brick constructions with tin roofs. During recess, students play on the playground, the basketball court, the ping-pong table, or the large soccer field. We have a well-stocked library as well as a small computer lab with wireless internet throughout the elementary campus. In 2008, a small group of generous donors provided a mobile lab consisting of 5 Mac iBooks and a laser printer that teachers can sign-out for their classes. (more)

Note: Some of us in the states are selling beautiful handbeaded Guatemalan keychains to raise money for Mac laptop computers for LIFE School in Panajachel, and asking local computer groups for donated laptops to take back. You could ask around as well if you have access to older or refurbished computers. They are very easy to pack when one comes to visit Lake Atitlan.

See more about this excellent international grade school at:


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Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Panajachel, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
View of Lake Atitlan and volcano from my apartment balcony in Panajachel. Taken by Catherine Todd June 2008.