We worked together, and we did it! On October 18, 2019, the newly-renovated Escuela Oficial Urbana Mixta San Antonio in Sololá, Guatemala opened its doors. Thanks to generous donations from companies and individuals in the cloud computing industry and some very heavy lifting by the locals, 525 kids now have a better shot at a brighter future.
CloudFest Soeren von Varchmin went to visit the school, located near beautiful Lago d’Atitlan in the Guatemalan highlands, for the official opening. He got to address the students, faculty, parents, and build team. getting the students to promise not to skip out on their homework–after all, they could well be joining us in the cloud industry in a decade or so. (Soeren’s Spanish is still a work in progress, but it’s getting pretty good!)
After many months of fundraising and a challenging construction schedule, it was amazing to see the finished product, as it were – and to actually meet the students and teachers who will be using the school each day.
The Next Challenge
Besides building a school, the CloudFest School project also built our confidence in taking on the challenging task of leveling the playing field for creative, intelligent, and passionate students who don’t have the resources that we do. \n\nSo, yes, we’re teaming up with the Acronis Foundation once again for a new education project, which we will reveal soon! We hope we can count on your continued support: after all, look at we accomplished in less than a year!
CloudFest Gutatemala Pictures
Check out our Flickr profile for more amazing photos of the opening ceremony.