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JOIN US ON OUR NEXT ADVENTURE  – TBD in the very near future! 

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 The Guatemala Bottle School Project

The Bottle School Project: Putting Other’s Suffering Before Your Own 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday in 2016, 20 young adults and families impacted by addiction, along with other supporters/allies, traveled to one of the most impoverished areas in South America, San Martin, Guatemala.  Roads filled with trash and barefoot children with no nearby schools to attend is what greeted the group upon arrival. They were ready to achieve two critically important goals:  Change the lives of underpriviledged children living in destitute conditions while simultaneously finding a way to replace their hunger for drugs/alcohol by using the substance already inside their bodies, dopamine, to get the “high” they seek, naturally through the fulfillment of impacting others. 

The Guatemala Bottle School Project, founded and created by the nonprofit organization Hug It Forward, builds schools for the poorest children of Guatemala.  These innovative schools are built with “eco-bricks” created through recycled plastic bottles. This initiative provides an opportunity for those with substance use disorder and their allies to give back to children in dire need, and experience the “natural high” of selfless volunteerism.  The schools are dedicated in memory of those who have lost their lives to overdose.  It is a collaborative effort between Hopedealers Worldwide, and Hug It Forward.

What is a bottle school?

Bottle schools are schools built using plastic bottles stuffed with inorganic trash. Bottle schools are built using tried and tested post and beam construction. The foundations, columns, and beams are made from concrete reinforced with rebar. The difference with traditional construction is that instead of cinder-blocks, the walls are made using “eco-bricks”. Bottle schools are much cheaper to build than traditional schools, they clean up the environment, teach lessons about environmental sustainability, and involve the entire community in their construction, resulting in a sense of pride and ownership.


Please contact us for the Informational Packet and commitment form to participate in the next Bottle School Project.

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