Long Way Home, Inc.

Long Way Home is a non-profit organization that uses sustainable design and materials to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment and environmental stewardship.

A retaining wall is the first order of business.

A retaining wall is the first order of business.
The LWH crew and volunteers first excavated the land beginning in January 2009 and then began construction of the retaining wall to stabilize the land. (view small | med | large | orig)

A member of the crew packs the tires with earth.

A member of the crew packs the tires with earth.
A crew member is working into the twilight packing the upper layer of tires from above. The school means not only future educational opportunities but also real jobs for today. (view small | med | large | orig)

A view of the foundation of the school

A view of the foundation of the school
A view from above of the completed foundational layer of the Tecnico Chixot School. (view small | med | large | orig)

Bottles collected by community line the latrine

Bottles collected by community line the latrine
In 2008 community members collected non-perishable trash from local streets and stuffed it into empty liter-sized plastic bottles. Bottle building is environmentally hygienic and also uses old as opposed to newly made materials. (view small | med | large | orig)

The LWH crew uses mallets to fill tires with earth

The LWH crew uses mallets to fill tires with earth
In 2009 LWH employed 8 community members who have now learned "green" building techniques. They form the nucleus of a new green industry in Guatemala. (view small | med | large | orig)
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