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.

Crew and volunteers fill in the foundation.

Crew and volunteers fill in the foundation.
The LWH crew and plus groups of international volunteers fill tires with dirt and place them in the foundation layer which is a combination of poured gravel and earth-packed tires. (view small | med | large | orig)

Build a Green School in Guatemala for 300 Maya

Build a Green School in Guatemala for 300 Maya
Photo from Progress Report 'Visiting Long Way Home in the field' (view small | med | large | orig)

Front view of the first three rooms with the roof.

Front view of the first three rooms with the roof.
In October 2009 the first of the roofs is added. The custom wooden doors and windows are in place. The earth-rammed tires are 13 courses high. Each tire becomes a thermal mass and weighs between 250 and 300 pounds. They will aid in the climate control of the school. (view small | med | large | orig)

In January through April 2 retaining wall is built

In January through April 2 retaining wall is built
A retaining wall is the first order of business to support the foundations of the future buildings. The walls provide valuable training for the crew and volunteers learning this new type of construction. (view small | med | large | orig)

The crew places littter-filled bottles into walls.

The crew places littter-filled bottles into walls.
The community brings bottles filled with litter collected from the streets to be used in the construction of non-supporting walls. The use of these materials cleans the environment, builds something useful and also changes the consciousness of the community. (view small | med | large | orig)
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