Build a Green School in Guatemala for 300 Maya

Oct 4, 2010

A Huge Honor

I'm overjoyed to report that the voting has finally opened for the BBC World Challenge!!!  As Long Way Home supporters, I hope you will all consider not only taking a minute to vote for Long Way Home (A class apart), but consider spreading the word to your own networks.  Voting is simple, you just click "Vote Now," enter your name and email address and submit.

The $20,000 cash reward and the spread in Newsweek magazine represent a huge opportunity for us here at Long Way Home.  The money will pay for the construction costs for four of our eight primary classrooms.  This represents a better educational environment for 80 children annually.  We also hope to arrange night classes for adults in these same classrooms.  And the publicity will help to ensure we can raise funds for the rest of the project.

I'm beginning my seventh month working for this organization and everyday I become more convinced that my decision to stay was the correct one.  Never have I been a part of such a dedicated, enthusiastic and talented group of people, both the Guatemalans and the Gringos.  The warmth of this community and the overwhelming support for the school project touches me daily.  If I ever get discouraged by little set backs, all I have to do is seek out some of the children like those pictured above and I feel energized all over again.  I'll want to thank you in advance for considering supporting this project.  It is a worthy one and we won't end with Comalapa.  This model can be replicated any place there is dirt, trash and poverty...with your help we can make that happen.

A clip of the full segment one Long Way Home is currently available and the full program should be available after it airs.  We have been told it will air the weekend of October 9th.  Please use this link to determine when it will air in your time zone.  Click on the drop down to select your time zone and then scroll down to change the date to October 9th or 10th.  As far as I am able to determine, we will be shown in each of the four "World Challenge" time slots.

Thanks again, or, as my Kaqchikel neighbors say, "Matiox!"



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Sarah Mykkanen

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