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K’o Chaqiya’ it is the phrase that local people use to let the customers Know that organic chocolate is available for sell. The time of drinking in San Pedro La Laguna in Sololá Guatemala Lake Atitlan represents a special occasion, since it is an expensive product daily drink.

The preparation: The Abuelos (grandparents) around lake Atitlan have their unique technique of making it. The grandparents of San Pedro La Laguna in theory they boil a litter of water and pull from a bag of six pieces of Chaqiya’ (Chocolate de cacao puro) with the shape of a tortilla and smashed it down with a piece of rock till it gets powder, and then they pour it into the boiling water; they steer it, adding some honey to make it a bit sweeter. The members of the event gather around the table and sit to get served while they talk about what has been the best part of the week or the hardest part of their project, or a silly play during a soccer game or another subject.

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Mayan calendar was Ajpu 11, Scientific Calendar was Thursday, January 4th, 2018, San Pedro La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala, around Lake Atitlán. 4 fellows gathered to have a coffee and chatty chat about how to help the community.

Their brainstorming ideas was:

  1. Taking food supplies to families in need and lack of resources.
  2. Offering free computing, English, mathematics, agriculture, mayan written language lessons to kids in the community, since every friend has specialized in the mentioned fields.

The second idea of the list of brainstorms was approved. But the, they wondered: we are going to need a bit of money for teaching material.

  • How are we going to make to get that money?
  • Can we ask for help to the Mayor of the town?
  • Can we talk to the principals of the public schools?

During that time: the 4 folks were working as Spanish Teacher and this brought to the table.

Let’s share the ideas to our former students maybe they want to help us. That is a bit part of the beginning of Semilla Spanish School…