Saturday, Sept 4, 2010, once again deforested mountainsides came crashing down on San Antonio, three months after the landslides of Agatha tore through this tiny village. There were fewer immediate deaths in a village still stunned by that tragedy, devastated and exhausted emotionally and economically. 
Just a few days earlier Kaslem Team and Reforestation for Education had led 200 school children and youth of  Escuela 15 de Septiember in planting trees to prevent the relentless crumbling of the mountains that threaten their lives tomorrow and in the years to come.
Kaslem Team returned to San Antonio on Sept 7 to try to reach the school where they had started an in-depth program teaching 500 school children to plant and protect the trees that provide root systems to hold the mountain together. Getting up to the school was impossible. It was also impossible for the sparse amounts of food arriving by boat to get up the mountain. A couple days later, the principal of the school made the heart wrenching statement that 375 children, mothers and fathers sheltering in the school had no food or water. 
Kaslem Mission is to teach young people how to prevent disasters like this.  A long term solution addressing the Root Cause – literally. Kaslem has no resources for providing humanitarian aid. All we can do is try to contact people bringing in aid and plead that they connect with the school up the hill. Mayan Families is one of those organization. 
We are looking for water filters to place in the school as fast as possible. We will be given an answer sometime soon. I remember the black muddy water that poured from our kitchen tap, the women drawing water from the lake polluted by broken septic systems – and think of Pakistan and Haitian refugees still living in tented refugee camps. Where are the resources to provide for the needs of a tiny village on Lake Atitlan? 
  Kaslem serves the future, providing green jobs and environmental education for young adults who will soon have the power to make decisions that safeguard their communities. The lake is rising. The mountains are relentlessly crashing down. The future is in the hands of a generation of environmentally aware Children and Youth.

 AUGUST 31, 2010 
 WE ARE PLANTING TREES!  Kaslem Team is teaching 500 school children how to plant a native forest on a steep moutainside above San Antonio Palopo. For more details – See our Post to the right of this page, titled.. We are Planting trees.

Planting the Forest for their Future

Child learning about His Tree! He will carry his tree all the way up the muddy mountain path to plant it in a Forest with his schoolmates trees!

 SOME of OUR HISTORY! Please read on!

In August 2008, Volunteers of JICA -Japanese International Cooperation invited K’aslem Mandala Promoters to particpate in JICA’s Environmental Education and Cultural Sharing

Sponsored by the Japanese Embassy, the Guatemala Ministry of Education and the Sub-Commission of Environmental Education in Solola





Environmental Samurai

Environmental Samurai


The 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

JICA volunteers taught two days of seminars highlighting Forests, waste management, the water of lakes and its relation to life of human beings in Japan, caligraphy, ORIGAMI, traditional dress, Karate-Do, Aiki-Do, and Music while K’aslem Promoters helped with recycling and learned about Japanese Arts 

 We will Create a World where we are able to enjoy Tranquil Days



For sharing your lives with us…

Environmental Teacher and Cultural Ambassador

Environmental Teacher and Cultural Ambassador~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~July 22, 2008ENVIRONMENTAL PHOTO AND CULTURAL EXHIBIT AT HOTEL TOLIMAN IN SAN LUCASTHE BIODIVERSITY of LAKE ATITLAN: The objective of the K'aslem Promoters was to introduce students from 13 schools in San Lucas to the importance of Lake Atitlan flora and fauna. They hightlighted the Mayan Cultural heritage of the area.Photos in the Exhibit were provided by AMSCLAE - the Guatemalan agency for the Environment of Lake Atitlan. K'aslem Mandala promoters are members of the AMSCLAE Environmental Education Commission.The Biodiversity Exhibit was attended by 456 students. We have been invited to make this an on-going experience, with increased focus on photos taken by students and Mayan traditional values.Teachers Comments:The photos taught us to value the natural beauty that surrounds us. We must regain the culture and the natural environment we are losing. Congratulations for this exhibit of Environment and Culture. It encourages our young people to have interest in their culture and the environment.K'ASLEM MANDALA PROMOTERS WHO ORGANIZED THE BIODIVERSITY EVENTPLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE DAY-TO-DAY WORK OF THE K'ASLEM MANDALA YOUTH PROMOTERS TEAM. THANK YOU! Landslide areas threaten San Antonio when rains come again



  1. I’m so glad I’m a long term supporter of this very valuable project!

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