Sa' Nima' Collaborative
Amber Mortzfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keara Bird (email@example.com)
Project Location(s): Primavera del Ixcán, Guatemala
Current Focus: This year, Sa’ Nima’ is starting from the beginning of the gate process. Over the summer, our travel team conducted a needs assessment in our new community, Primavera del Ixcán. Sa’ Nima’ will be focusing on establishing a relationship with our community and co-developing an education and engineering project with the community. Our needs assessment directed our project focus to water storage and distribution. From here, every member will be a part of the design process. We will begin with brainstorming and researching potential designs, as well as developing an education plan that bolsters the goals of the engineering project.
Mission: To develop and implement designs in conjunction with the community that are environmentally, socially and economically sustainable to improve the condition of a need as identified by the community.
Vision: Sa’ Nima’ Collaborative works with communities in Guatemala to engineer projects in the community that can address their identified needs and educating them with English as well as the mechanics behind our projects.
Team History: Sa’ Nima’ collaborative began as its own group, which worked with the community of Samox San Lucas, Guatemala to develop a biosand water filter that they installed in their schoolyard. The group members also worked with the schools to teach English, and planned after school activities that taught the kids science and math. The team joined BLUELab about two years ago when they began to pursue a solar lantern project with Samox. The team worked for two years to design and implement these lanterns, but finances and communication led the team to reevaluate and perform a needs assessment during the summer of 2016. They identified a variety of needs within several communities and have decided to pursue their next project in Primavera del Ixcán, Guatemala.
Partner Organization: Casasito
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