Dec 4, 2018

Students take over at Green Community Projects

1st grade stove project
1st grade stove project

We thought you would like to know how you have made an impact on our students and community! Our middle and high school students have had amazing success this year, finishing 2018 school strong with their individual Green Community Projects! This is a real highlight of our sustainable schools’ development and we are happy to see our democratic curriculum come to life. 

After preparation throughout the whole year in planning and investigating, students and teachers eagerly went to work on their final projects. It was fantastic to see our young students dedicated to helping disadvantaged families in their own hometown of Comalapa.

The 1st graders of CETC middle school built a smoke efficient stove for an older couple in dire need of a health-friendly method of cooking. Living just a couple of meters away from the school, they can now cook without respiratory-threatening smoke, leaving a dramatic impact on their lives. 

Our 2nd graders built a subterranean water tank to improve water availability for a family in Comalapa. Now the mother can have consistent access to water storage to provide better care for herself and her 5 young sons and daughters.

For the first time at CETC (!)the 3rd graders started their community project of planning for and building a dry composting latrine.  The recipient family lives at the top of a hill and used a simple hole as a toilet. They now have a sustainable latrine system which both produces natural fertilizer for their crops AND contributes greatly to the families hygiene and health.

Last but not least, our first high school class constructed a tire retaining wall to help a family in a nearby community, Xiquin Sannai, protect their tiny house for a lifetime. Their living space was in constant threat by a land hang from a cornfield. Now they can safely occupy their home and protect their chickens and garden without the fear of a landslide. 

Thank you for your generous support that allows our students to learn how to tackle issues in their communities, whilst allowing families to benefit from their growth. Our 2019 year students would benefit immensely from an end-of year gift, so they can expand our projects and our impact!  We appreciate your support and always enjoy the opportunity to share our stories with you, the people that make them possible. 

1st grade stove project
1st grade stove project
2nd grade water access project
2nd grade water access project
2nd grade water access project
2nd grade water access project
3rd grade latrine project
3rd grade latrine project
1st grade high school project
1st grade high school project

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Sep 7, 2018

Updates from the affected volcano area

Team of different non profit organisations
Team of different non profit organisations

Thank you very much for your kind donation to help people who have lost their homes after the big eruption of the volcano Fuego here in Guatemala.

The work of recovery and reconstruction after the catastrophe caused by the eruption 3rd of June is mostly happening in the municipality of San Juan Alotenango, in the department of Sacatepéquez. After 3 month, we find more than 700 people, children, parents and grandparents living in transitional shelters built next to a school campus on the outskirts of Alotenango. They have reactivated the classrooms for the resumption of the school year. Partnering with PuraVida Atitlan, Vital Force, the carpenters of Alotenango and the municipally of Alotenango, Long Way Home will now build an eco-brick playtime center for the children. The foundation is ready and we are now waiting for the carpenters to finish housing structure. August 22nd we celebrated Day of cleaning with more than 4000 students of Alotenango who have helped to recycle waste materials into eco-bricks, now used as building materials. This month, the actual construction will start and we hope to present you the final child center on our next report.

 

Thank you very much for your help. We appreciate your support and always enjoy the opportunity to share our stories with you, the people that make them possible!

Panel of Eco-Bricks
Panel of Eco-Bricks
Transition shelters
Transition shelters
Rehabilitation Center foundation
Rehabilitation Center foundation
Children making eco-bricks
Children making eco-bricks
Sep 4, 2018

5th Anniverary of our School!

Anniversary celebration
Anniversary celebration

Great news from our sustainable school. Wednesday 20th of August we have proudly celebrated the 5th anniversary of Centro Educativo Técnico Chixot together with all our 136 students, their parents and our 18 primary and secondary school teachers.

Each grade prepared little cultural ceremonies and traditional dance presentations thanking for the chance to go to this unique school campus. Teachers and students demonstrated the institutions philosophy to the parents by interviewing children of different grades. The questions asked about “What is democracy for you?” and “Why we need to protect our environment?”, left parents impressed of the vision the students have gained here at Centro Educativo Técnico Chixot.

 

August is dedicated to the youth in Comalapa and various events on Youth and environmental protection happend. There are several "Colectivas" in town that have come up with activities about violence prevention and environment pollution to reach out to young people of the community. For example, the collective Artists of Comalapa, which currently counts five members and is devoted to art painting. After submitting a proposal to create a large mural, the mayor found a suitable area directly on the marketplace in town. The artists started diligently painting the wall with different scenes showing aspects of life and the environment. Within a week, the artists refined the image sections expressing daliy life scenes and nature as a producer of life. "The Pixcaya River is much polluted so we have decided to highlight a building of Long Way Home as a showcase of sustainable and environmentally conscious life", says Roberto Peren. Last Sunday, at the inauguration ceremony we celebrated with many kids from secondary schools. The painting can now be watched at the daily market shopping.

 

Thank you for your help in our work. We appreciate your support and always enjoy the opportunity to share our stories with you, the people that make them possible!

Anniversary celebration
Anniversary celebration
Anniversary celebration
Anniversary celebration
LWH Mural painting
LWH Mural painting
LWH Mural painting
LWH Mural painting
LWH Mural painting
LWH Mural painting
1st Green Building Academy
1st Green Building Academy
1st Green Building Academy
1st Green Building Academy
1st Green Building Academy
1st Green Building Academy

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