Since 2008, Kamalbe has worked in the rural, indigenous community of Xecanchavox in the province of Totonicapán. Comprised of roughly 500 families, the community relies on agriculture and money sent from relatives working in the United States to provide enough income to survive. The community has been under-served when it comes to education, health care, and public services. Most adults have only primary school education and children do not have the materials needed to keep pace with their counterparts in more developed areas.
Our primary project in the Xecanchavox is to build a community center that will provide space for educational and recreational programs for adults and children in the community. The community centre is intended to serve for dental hygiene education and mobile clinics, health and nutrition workshops, personal and business finance advising, tutoring and recreational programming for K-12 students, English lessons, computers and technology seminars, recreational sports, games and arts. We are currently raising funds in order to begin the construction.
At this time, we don’t have a centralised home for these programs so while we are raising funds for the community centre, we use our connections in the community and rely on our dedicated volunteers, interns and university students to teach workshops, host clinics, and facilitate recreational activities in Xecanchavox.
We have recently started a new Volunteer Program in Cultural and Global Education in the school of Xecanchavox. As a volunteer you will be teaching the children about your own country and culture. You will be organising workshops and activities in order to offer the children a wider understanding of cultural diversity and provide them a global and curious perspective of the world.
For more information about volunteer and intern activities currently happening in Xecanchavox and for updates on Community Centre progress please see :