In Spring of 2019, Bare Hands has plans to create an edible neighborhood for the community of Chosewood Park. BH is providing the edible plant materials for landscaping and a gardener to install and maintain the project as it grows. This is our first domestic project and we plan to continue expanding throughout communities in the U.S.
Bare Hands partnered with the Chucam leaders, donating $7,000.00 USD. This allowed the village to finish the last 11km of a 10-year-long fresh water project. The village now has access to an adequate supply of clean drinking water
With the elementary school in Buena Vista, we built raised bed gardens in their playground area. This project allowed the teachers to implement gardening classes into their school curriculum.
We worked with project coordinator Daniel Dominguez to teach management methods for young fruit trees. We planted trees for 75 families in his home village near Chichicastenango.
We planted fruit trees for 75 families and instructed care on young fruit trees, pruning, organic compost, fertilizers, and water retention methods.
We partnered with the committees of Chulumal 3 and 4 to plant fruit trees with 250 families in the village. These fruit trees replaced existing, older, non-productive orchards. Bare Hands trained for best establishment practices in pruning trees for increased production, compost for organic fertilizers, and water retention methods.
Bare Hands built raised bed gardens for Casa Luzerio, an NGO community center, this allowed the teachers to begin offering gardening classes to the students.
Bare Hands worked with the community Saquilla to educate the establishment and care for young fruit trees through pruning, production, organic composting, and mulching methods for water retention. We planted 2,000 fruit trees with 180 families in the village.
Bare Hands planted fruit trees for 175 families in Canton Sepela. An educational session was offered to the people. The seminar focused on young fruit tree management, training, pruning, composting organic fertilizers, and how to use mulches around trees for moisture retention.
With BuildinGuate, we installed and planted raised bed gardens for the San Gabriel School. BuildinGuate supports the school and the community near the municipal landfill in Escuintla. Bare Hands donors continue to support the school through donations for teacher salaries and school supplies.
Bare Hands partnered with the orphanage of Hogar del Nino to install raised bed gardens in the playground. We wanted to give an opportunity for the children to learn, grow, and eat their own food while reducing food costs for the establishment.
With the church members of Dios con Nosotros, we built and planted rooftop gardens. This project was for the church members to consume and sell to the community.
Many of the surviving men of this village have fallen subject to violence and alcohol abuse following the Guatemalan genocide. This resulted many abandoned families. Bare Hands focus was to build structure for the future boys and girls to be able to break the cycle and create a healthy and meaningful way of life through food sustainability. We educated the people on how to manage the young fruit trees planted. The community has experienced a new income source from fruit sales.
Bare Hands also partnered with EcoFiltro to provide water filters at 50% of normal cost. BH worked with 270 families in this village.
“The village behind town" Chijtinimit is 10 miles outside of Chichicastenango. Bare Hands planted various fruit trees alongside 350 families in the village. Educational seminars were given to train them in young fruit establishment, pruning, composting for organic fertilizers, and utilizing mulch for moisture retention.
Bare Hands partnered with EcoFiltro to create a cost sharing program. This allowed families to purchase EcoFiltro’s water filters at 50% of normal cost.