[one_half_last][/one_half_last]On February 21, 2013 the Guatemalan Project and the Gualan Municipal High School (Instituto Diversificado Municipal) celebrated the initiation of the first Computer Lab at the High School. Thanks to the generous donations from Seabord Marine, Hands on Tzedakah, Inc., Robert J. Ross, Patricia Hall, and Mair Xion the Guatemalan Project purchased nine computers Compaq Presario CQ43-402LA NOTEBOOK PC. The cost of the nine computers was $5,000.00 at $555.00 each.

We are grateful to the donors who made possible the purchase of the computers, to the Governor of Zacapa for providing a classroom for the computer, to the Municipality of Gualan for donating the tables, chairs, and a secured cabinet where all laptops will be kept safe, and to the students of the electrical program at the High School for making all the necessary electrical connections.

At present there are over 200 High School students at the Municipal High School. We hope that in a very near future, more computers could be made available so that all students may have, at least, two hours of computing time per week.

The Municipal High School is the only high school in the region where students do not have to pay tuition. Students come to the school from faraway places in the municipality and all of them are of very low income.

In the UPDATE section our webpage at www.guatemalanproject.org , we share with you some pictures of the Computer Lab opening ceremony. You will be able to appreciate the participation of the Municipal Government representatives, the group of electricity students who donated their labor, the acknowledgement given to the Guatemalan Project, and the enthusiasm of the students as they entered their new computer lab