Guatemala Sanitation Project

Weekly Meeting Location and Time:
Everitt Lab 3217 | Tuesday (Biweekly) 6PM-7PM

About the Community

The Paraje los Méndez community is in the Huitancito Village of the Huitán Municipality. Comprising 125 families, the community’s primary economic output consists of cultivating corn, beans, potatoes, and other vegetables. As the village’s population grew over the past few decades, its schools expanded in size. Consequently, the bathrooms from when the school was built lack the capacity to support the growing student body.

Project Overview

The project objective is to replace the current bathroom system. The project will involve building 8 flushable modules: 7 toilets (3 for girls, 1 for female teachers, 1 for male teachers, and 2 for boys) and 1 urinal. A 10-faucet handwashing station will also be built outside the bathroom housing and 1 private handwashing station for the female teacher restroom. As the current bathroom facility does not have running water, a solution to run water to the bathroom will also be implemented, with 3 water storage tanks on the roof of the building. The project will implement a biodigester septic tank and infiltration well to route the black and grey water coming from the toilets, urinal, private handwashing station, and the external 10-faucet handwashing station.

The goal of this new bathroom system is to assist the students’ physiological development and well-being and overall improve hygiene in the school.

Semester Goals

For the Spring 2023 semester, we are aiming to:

  • Focus on fundraising to be able to pay back the loan taken out to begin construction
  • Prepare for possible in-person monitoring and evaluation trip Jan 2024
  • Post-implementation documentation (est. April 2023)

Photo Gallery

  • A group of people constructing the structure of the cubicles of a toilet system
  • A group of people wearing masks sitting in a room in a discussion
  • An old toilet

Contact Us

Current Project Lead(s): Ariel Byun, Emily Lin
Project Email: uiuc.ewb.guatemala@gmail.com
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

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