TGUP has built more than 60 classrooms in developing world countries: Nicaragua, Kenya, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malawi, South Africa, and more. Classrooms are where we got our start and they remain one of the most important avenues for our work today because they so dramatically improve life chances for all who use them.
This is a new classroom we built recently in the small village of La Pitilla in Nicaragua. You can see here the “before” and “after” photos of the prior “classroom”. It could hold at most about 10 students and was exposed to the elements on all days of inclement weather.
The new classroom is built on a concrete foundation. It utilizes an internal steel skeleton frame. Onto the frame are bolted concrete/fiber wall panels, and onto the top, zinc-coated sheet metal roof panels. The design is efficient both in materials and in how quickly it can be assembled.
This project was funded by students at three high schools in Santa Cruz, CA and Rotary Clubs, also in Santa Cruz. It is the living embodiment of the TGUP ideal that if we will all do the smallest bit, the effect is astounding. At the outer limit of that idea, we can materially improve the human condition through low-cost, high-impact projects like this one.