The Tecnico Chixot Education Center is a green construction project being built by Long Way Home (www.lwhome.org) in San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala using recycled tires and litter-packed bottles.
Long Way Home's purpose is to bring economic and educational opportunity to under-served and impoverished youth. The school will provide education beyond the ages of 10 and 11 and will teach care for the environment through a recycling effort in its construction. The beneficiaries will help in its construction by gathering trash filled bottles for use. The curriculum will also train a new generation of green builders in Central America. The project will be replicable and sustainable.
The school will teach traditional Maya language, culture, number system, Guatemalan national curriculum and vocational skills. It will be the first high school in the local area. It will teach green building technology and graduate green builders.
Children with further education can begin businesses to supply latrines, water tanks, stoves, housing and retaining walls bringing new green industries to the region. The students will have greater job opportunities and avoid the lure of gangs.
Total Funding Received to Date: $20,986
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,014
Total Funding Goal: $30,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).