plan 169Chuche School Hygiene Project


Reparation of latrines and installation of improved stove.


The school “Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta Chuche” is located in CHUCHE a community in the Municipality of Nebaj. Nebaj belongs to the so-called Ixil-Triangle in the Department of El Quiché in Guatemala, Central America. The community Chuche is located approximately 14 km north-west of Nebaj. Set amid a mountainous landscape, the climate is cold, humid and rainy.

The school has two three-cabin latrines. The newer one has reached its capacities; therefore the older one has been excavated and put back to use. Nevertheless the latrine lacks doors and the roof needs to be replaced to assure the children’s privacy and prevent insects from entering the latrines.

School snacks are usually cooked on open fires, using large amounts of wood and exposing the cook to a dangerous amount of smoke.

The village has a gravity-flow water system implemented by CER in 2008. The system consists of a spring box, a distribution tanks and a household connection for every family. The water supply is sufficient in winter, but the system lacks water in summer (dry season). The school has a well maintained hand-washing station, built by Agua Para La Salud in 2001.


Nebaj, Quiche, Guatemala


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Primary Focus: Sanitation - Schools
Secondary Focus: Hygiene Education

People Getting Safe Drinking Water: 0

School Children Getting Water: 0

People Getting Sanitation: 121

The project will be executed on the premises of the local school in which 4 teachers educate 117 children, thereof 61 boys and 56 girls.

People Getting Other Benefits: 400

The community consists of 62 households with a total of approximately 400 inhabitants.

We build working relationships with the communities while providing access to water for all members within the community. Our goal is good health for the communities in which we work, therefore health and hygiene promotions are an integral part of each project. To further improve the health and hygiene for children APS carries out specific projects providing appropriate sanitation (hand-washing stations and latrines or flush toilets with septic tanks) to schools in the communities.

Start Date: 2009-06-01

Completion Date: 2009-09-30

Technology Used:

Metal doors and a new lamina roof will be installed on the older latrine that is currently being used.

The improved stove has been designed by a Peace Corps volunteer and APS masons according to the need in schools. It heats large amounts of “atol” or “mosh” (local versions of porridge) using small amounts of wood. The chimney connected improves the air flow and therefore optimizes the wood consumption and leads the smoke outside. Especially because the stove is very low, it is a well accepted alternative to the open fires the snacks are often cooked on.


One phase - three months.

Community Organization:

Unskilled laborers of the community, most probably parents of the school children, will help the masons working for Agua Para La Salud with construction.

Government Interaction:

Ancillary activities:

Other Issues:

Maintenance Revenue:

Government provides basic funding for school maintenance along with yearly contribution from parents.

Maintenance Cost: $10


Prior art before metrics

Cost: $765

See attached.

Co Funding Amount:

Community Contribution Amount: $95

Unskilled labor (3 men per mason),
equivalent to Q 750.00 / US$ 95.18
wood, rock.

Fund Requested: $765


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    review of sister application

    Rajesh Shah of Peer Water Exchange

    Since APLS has submitted 6 applications for school projects, only one application will be reviewed and the rest will inherit the fate of the reviewed one:

    Since APLS has submitted 6 applications for school projects, only one application will be reviewed and the rest will inherit the fate of the reviewed one:

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Name Status Completion Date Final Cost
Chuche School Hygiene Project completed Jul 2009 738