Build a Green School in Guatemala for 300 Maya

 
$1,385
$98,615
Raised
Remaining

Project Video

Build a Green School in Guatemala for 300 Maya

Build a Green School in Guatemala for 300 Maya
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Examining the school model and construction plans

Examining the school model and construction plans
Members of the community of Comalapa have been actively involved with the vocational school project from the beginning, and Long Way Home has been sure to maintain constant communication throughout the process of planning and building 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)

Measuring the dimensions of the school

Measuring the dimensions of the school
Witness the progress of the vocational school from its humble beginnings to its current status. Here, the workers make the neccessary measurements after a large group of workers and volunteers dug out and leveled the land on the site of the future school. (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)

Latrine made from recycled materials

Latrine made from recycled materials
Using a concrete block, sheets of metal, bamboo poles, and numerous plastic bottles filled with trash, the local workers, LWH staff and volunteers construct this latrine next to the future school. (view small | med | large | orig)

LWH volunteers filling in the foundation with rock

LWH volunteers filling in the foundation with rock
A team of volunteers and LWH crew worked to first dig out the foundation and then fill it in with gravel and gravel-filled tires. (view small | med | large | orig)

The process of filling and leveling continues

The process of filling and leveling continues
The school is taking shape. (view small | med | large | orig)

An overhead view of the filled tire foundation

An overhead view of the filled tire foundation
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A member of the crew packs the tires with earth.

A member of the crew packs the tires with earth.
Long Way Home is training a new generation of green builders through the school construction project. The project means jobs for 8 indigenous community members now working with LWH. (view small | med | large | orig)

Funded

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Organization

Project Leader

Sarah Mykkanen

Georgetown, MA United States

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