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Santa Elena 20 de Octubre

Welcome to Santa Elena
Students at
Elementary School
Oberlin College students taught English to this group of Santa Elena students.

New Road into
Santa Elena




Copal AA la Esperanza
New Middle School in Copal AA

Weavings for sale in Copal AA
Solar Internet Project
Chico Mendes Reforestation Project


The community of Pachaj in the department of Quetzeltenango  is the home of the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project.  Volcano Santa Maria (almost 13,000 feet in the background to the right) can be viewed from this mountain ringed community. 
The mountains that surround Pachaj are the source of potable drinking water.  In order to maintain this valuable resource the trees of the forest have to be maintained.  A group of Oberlin students gather rich forest soil which will be used to plant and grow tree seedlings that will be  transplanted in the mountains surrounding Pachaj.
Oberlin College Winter Term group of 2009 with Armando Lopez, the director of the Chico Mendes Reforestation Project, and his family.