Guatemalan village dedicates multipurpose open-air pavilion to Albert Schweitzer Institute’s executive director


David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, smiles with some of the students that helped build the multipurpose open-air pavilion in Guatemala that was later dedicated in his honor.

The residents of a small Guatemalan town honored David Ives, executive director of the Albert Schweitzer Institute at Quinnipiac University, by dedicating a multipurpose open-air pavilion Ives helped to build in his name. There was a ceremony with Mayan dancers and songs at the July 25 dedication. Ives and his students have been working in the village for nearly five years.

Ives worked with Erin Sabato, director of programs at the Albert Schweitzer Institute, and 16 undergraduate and law students to build the pavilion.

“This project is proof that when many groups of people come together with a common goal, a lot of good, long-lasting work can be done,” Sabato said.

The space will be used for dances, meetings, plays, religious services, school assemblies and speeches.

Ives said he hopes the project will bring the Mayan community of Joya de Las Flores and the Quinnipiac communities closer together.

“Helping out a small village like Joya de Las Flores puts Quinnipiac on the map in a special way and it recognizes our programs for serving and helping others on an international basis,” Ives said.

Ives earned a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling and a bachelor’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University.

The Albert Schweitzer Institute, which has been affiliated with Quinnipiac since 2002, is committed to introducing Schweitzer’s philosophy of “reverence for life” to a broad audience in order to bring about a more civil and ethical human society characterized by respect, responsibility, compassion and service. The Albert Schweitzer Institute is located on the university’s Mount Carmel Campus.

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