Our project is providing invaluable support to the Nueve Cerros region through providing jobs, opportunities for education (scholarships, field and laboratory practicums, and thesis research) in Guatemala's national university, developing Indigenous, locally-managed ecotourism at Salinas de los Nueve Cerros, clean-water wells for families living in and around the archaeological site, and providing school supplies for elementary and middle school students.
If you are interested in supporting the archaeological investigations or the project's community development initiatives in the region, you can do so here through the (tax-deductable!) University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Foundation. You can specify how you want your donation to be used and be listed in the acknowledgments on the website if you email us (nuevecerros [at ] gmail [dot] com).
It costs approximately $150 for the cement needed to build a single well that will provide year-round access to clean water for 5 families. Unless otherwise specified, all of the donations we recieve will go towards our clean water initiative, since the majority of the region gets their water from rain catchment systems (which only provides water from June to December) or polluted rivers and ditches.