The school Hermanos de Salsburgo is located in the neighborhood of Fundesi in Leon. Around 300 kids attend the school from kindergarten to middle school.
It was the director of the school who came to the Quetzaltrekkers office more than one time asking for help. If the director took the time to come several times it was worthy to check out. The first visit we found a big school with beautiful painting walls but with lots of needs, one of them was the playground for the 30 kindergarteners who were having their break inside the classrooms. The games were old and rusted, and most importantly it wasn’t a safe place for them.
Our first priority became fitting a new main door and then making the school a safe place to play. That door would allow the kindergarteners to exit from two places in case of an earthquake.
We decided to work together with Sonati, another nonprofit tour operator located in Leon focused on the environment. They have more experience building with recycle materials.
Almost two weeks were necessary to finish all the projects. The Quetzaltrekkers volunteers work really hard with the help of Sonati, but also with the help of the parents and children who came to the school to work.
We also fixed 20 chairs for the kids, 10 of them were right handed and 10 were left handed. As surprising as it sound it was the first time that the school had left handed chairs!
The school prepared an opening to thank Quetzaltrekkers and Sonati for the construction. They performed a beautiful dance, some words from the director and the student’s president and then was the moment that everyone was waiting for: cutting the opening ribbon. Five seconds after cutting the ribbon a wave of kids were screaming and playing on the new playground, an amazing picture for finishing our job.
Thanks to the volunteers who worked hard on the hikes and still had the time to help on the projects. Thanks to Sonati for helping us with the playground design and the materials. And thanks to the director of the school who never gave up and came to our office several times worried for their kids and for supporting the construction every day.