Build a school from recycled materials for Maya

 
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Build a school from recycled materials for Maya

Build a school from recycled materials for Maya
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Students, teacher on tire house.

Students, teacher on tire house.
The students climbed onto the tire house knowing that it was a practice for the school that LWH will build for them out of recycled materials such as trash and tires. They participate in the building project by bringing trash-filled bottles to the construction site for use in the walls of the latrine. (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)

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)

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)

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 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)

The first three rooms of the TC School with roof

The first three rooms of the TC School with roof
The first roof was added to the Tecnico Chixot School in October 2009. These rooms will become the electrical and wood working shops of the school upon completion. (view small | med | large | orig)

The first roof is added to the first three rooms

The first roof is added to the first three rooms
The first roof was added to the first three rooms in October 2009. The roof is made from poured concrete over a wire mesh form. The walls will be finished with a mixture of earth and sand that will resemble adobe. (view small | med | large | orig)
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Organization

Project Leader

Mateo Paneitz

Executive Director
Georgetown, MA United States

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