• SF Friends School 2019

    SF Friends School 2019

    San Francisco Friends School April 6-12, 2019 After 8 years of partnership between ViviendasLeón and the San Francisco Friends School, we have established a new travel program to the Mayan highlands region of Lake Atitlán, Guatemala. Our Global Education Program continues to incorporate major themes of global citizenship, cultural immersion, community building, and personal agency…

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  • Rural Kitchen Program

    Rural Kitchen Program

    Santa Maria Utatlán, Guatemala In Guatemala today, social exclusion of indigenous minorities persists (43% of the population), chronic malnourishment in the young, poverty rates and infant mortality are some of the highest in all of Latin America. Basic healthcare, sanitation, nutrition and access to clean water are some of the greatest challenges that most rural…

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  • USF Small Business Training Program 2012

    USF Small Business Training Program 2012

    USF Business School Training Program, León Nicaragua 2012 This was the second trip of honors students from the USF School of Management since 2010. Students apply to the program in the fall semester of their academic year, then work as a cohort to research new business proposals and contribute to the ongoing development of a…

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  • Low Cost Housing 2009

    Low Cost Housing 2009

    Low cost housing project, Goyena Nicaragua 2012 More than 100 families in the Goyena community alone live in severely substandard conditions. This project, which grew out of an extensive survey completed in August 2011 on the status of families in the community, combines development strategies of guided auto-construction, micro enterprise development, savings contributions and donor…

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  • Community Center 2007-15

    Community Center 2007-15

    Goyena Community Center 2007-15 The community center project is the first collaboration between ViviendasLeon and the University of San Francisco, Department of Architecture and Community Design.  It was designed by fourth-year students over the course of an academic year within the framework of a design studio.  Students traveled to the community to begin construction on…

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  • Goyena Preschool 2005-7

    Goyena Preschool 2005-7

    Goyena Preschool 2005-7 The preschool was started at a time when organizations were beginning to emphasize among rural communities the importance of preschool education.  As it is true in the U.S., preschool for children freed women to pursue other activities during the work day, like taking on income producing projects. This project was phased over…

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