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.
Dec 2, 2008

Being part of a larger vision

Water line for tenico Maya School
Water line for tenico Maya School

Quick update on the Tecnico Maya school building project... Comalapa is doing a water project to bring running water to the village of Paxan (pah-SHAHN), where the land is that we purchased to build the new school. Each family with land in Paxan was asked to dig a 25-meter section for the new water line. Everyone turned out yesterday morning to start on their 25 meters. Since we had 10 volunteers, we got ours done in a single day. It kind of felt like cheating, but we did do an extra couple of meters. These first two photos show the first 18 meters we dug. After finishing that section, we were led to the next section we had to dig, which happened to be right in front of the school land! Suddenly the water dig seemed really exciting. Cat

Gringas digging Paxan water line
Gringas digging Paxan water line
It had to be pretty deep
It had to be pretty deep
Nov 24, 2008

Thank you to our wonderful and generous donors

A big thank you to all our generous and wonderful donors. We ended the Glogal Giving Challenge today in 4th place, securing a total donation of $7,930 from 121 donors. We are thrilled to receive such a tremendous show of support for our project and we promise to continue to work hard in order to demonstrate ourselves worthy of your continued faith and trust. We will be receiving individual emails of all who made donations in the coming weeks. At that time we will be able to thank each and every one of you with a personal letter of gratitude. Sincerely, Elizabeth Rose, project leader for Long Way Home.

Nov 13, 2008

Walking the land of the future site of the school

Land for the school
Land for the school

From the ground up.....The day before we departed from Comalapa we went to visit and walk the land. In order to get to the land we took a 15 minute walk through corn field paths outside the city of Comalapa. We met a farmer driving his set of cows home. We saw the sun's rays protruding from behind some clouds far to the west towards volcan Aqua which is near to Antigua. We also noticed that the land is rich and healthy and has a steep incline. This is good for our building purposes because as we level the land we will use what we excavate to pack the tires. The careage has five mature avocado trees on it and they were full of fruit. We took this as a fruitful sign because we love guacamole! here are some pictures toi give you a fair view of the land that awaits the vocational school.

Avocado trees
Avocado trees
volunteers, staff and Board of Director
volunteers, staff and Board of Director's viewing the land.

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