G-2223

Bio-Itza Reserve Eco-Cottages

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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Guatemala

Location: Tikal Peten

Total Budget: $100,000

Area of Focus: Community economic development



The Bio-Itzá Reserve Eco-Cottage Senior Design Team from Colorado School of Mines designed and modeled a self-sustaining eco-village to help generate a sustainable source of revenue for the Maya-Itzá community in Northern Guatemala. This initial design is being used by the Tikal-Peten Rotary Club and the Rotary Club of Fort Collins to implement the design, train the community in business skill, and ensure sustainability. The project includes three systems that address water, power, and living accommodations. Extensive community engagement was used to incorporate the feelings of the villagers and to sustain the Maya-Itzá culture. The initial design team traveled to the site in Guatemala and maintained communication with the community to investigate the site, hold a community assessment meeting, and ensure that the final design represented the goals of the Bio-Itzá community. Ultimately, the team and community collaborated on a design of three cottages with rain catchment and off grid power systems to best accomplish the community's conservation goals. The design also included retrofitting an existing structure, building a storage structure to house the power system, and designing a pavilion for medicinal plant and other Mayan Culture workshops. In conjunction with the Maya-Itzá community, the project developed detailed designs and constructions drawings to contribute to the community's mission for conservation and preserving their culture.

The intent of this Global Grant is to replace the cottage buildings with more cost effective "Glamping" platforms/tents and to implement the building retrofits, the water and power systems, and the educational pavilion for the Mayan community to sustain their community and their culture through eco-tourism. Business training and maintenance training will be included to ensure sustainability of the project.

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Sustainability Plans Include:

**Economic Sustainability

--Job creation

--Revenue from operations/donations will fund maintenance, road repair, fire mitigation, etc..

**Preserving the Mayan Culture

--utilizing Mayan symbols

--building a pavilion for the reserve to help educate guests on the medicinal plants used traditionally by the Maya-Itzá, traditional Mayan cooking, and the Maya-Itzá culture.

**Protecting the Environment

--maintaining the existing building, utilizing local knowledge on building materials

--restoring the wastewater system, using solar energy, and preventing new lumber from being cut down.

**Business Sustainability

--education/training will be provided on business planning, financial management, marketing/promotion, etc...

--includes more formalized governance and use of an advisory board for the association.

**Ease of Maintenance

--road improvements for visitor accessibility and lower cost maintenance

--maintenance training and operations/maintenance manuals will be provided in Spanish.

note that thatched roofs are difficult to maintain but hold significant value to the community. The project will preserve some of the existing thatched roofs, but will use new corrugated metal roofs on new structures.

**Security: Theft has been an issue in the past. The design includes localizing the water treatment, batteries, and electrical equipment in one structure that will be locked.

Please see a detailed overview and design document under the "Documents" tab.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4250

Rotary Club of: Tikal PetÚn

Primary Contact: Sofia Penados

Email: spenados@grupoatp.com

Primary International Partner

District: 5440

Rotary Club of: Fort Collins

Primary Contact: Robin Steele

Email: robinlynnsteele@msn.com

Project Status

Need $65,162
This project needs to receive some pledges to go to the next level. Please check the "Financing" tab to see the list of current pledges. Once the amount pledged is equal to the project budget, the status of the project will be automatically changed to "Fully Pledged".
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Project listed for the 2020-21 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2117668.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project

Date

Cash

DDF

Total

Fort Collins (5440)

23-Sep-19

$5,000

$6,000

$11,000

Fort Collins (5440)

10-Oct-19

$6,168

$4,000

$10,168

Fort Collins (5440)

10-Oct-19

$1,000

$0

$1,000

Matching Grants Website DAF Donations

Name

Date

Status

Amount

Diana Kotecki

3-Dec-19

Collected

$200

Pamela Zachar

16-Dec-19

Collected

$1,000

Sarah Hormell

19-Nov-20

Payment Pending

$300

Pending
Collected

$300
$1,200

-
-

$300
$1,200

District 4250 DDF

24-Sep-20

-

$585

$585

Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution

$65,162

-

$65,162

Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation

-

$10,585

$10,585

Total

$100,000

DDF contributions in grey are pending approval of the corresponding district committee.

Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries

23-Sep-19

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Creation of project page.

10-Oct-19

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Pledge of $5,000 with $4,000 DDF by CSU Rotaract of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, District 5440.

10-Oct-19

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Kirvin Knox of the Rotary Club of Fort Collins, District 5440.

3-Dec-19

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $200 by Diana through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

16-Dec-19

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Pamela Zachar through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

6-Jun-20

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

9-Jun-20

by Robin Steele

Please leave this in fiscal year '19-20 for now.

9-Jun-20

System Entry

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

9-Jun-20

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

2-Jul-20

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".

24-Sep-20

by Robin Steele

System Entry: Pledge of $585 DDF by Berta Rodriguez of the Rotary Club of Tiakl-Peten, District 4250.

19-Nov-20

System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $300 by Sarah Hormell through the Matching Grants Website DAF.

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