Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building

by Long Way Home, Inc.
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Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building
Help School fight Climate Change w/ Green Building

Project Report | Jul 8, 2024
Education and Green Infrastructure in Guatemala

By Matthew Paneitz | Executive Director

Together We Did That!
Together We Did That!

We did it again!  In April 2024 Long Way Home''s flagship education center, Hero School, teamed up with Ecohab.org to transform tires, ecobricks, and glass bottles into the off-grid marvel that is now the Aguas Calientes classroom. In early 2024 the Hero School teachers visited 4 communities that demonstrated a desperate need to improve and expand their school infrastructure.  After extensive consideration, the Hero School teachers settled on working in the small village of Aguas Calientes. Aguas Calientes is located about 10 miles from Comalapa and is part of the Comalapa municipality. The Aguas Calientes middle school teachers explained that they have students waiting to enroll but that there is not enough space.  An additional classroom would allow them to enroll another 20 local students. That settled it and Hero School committed to pooling all available resources to build the classroom. Our first call was to Ecohab.org, specialists in off-grid infrastructure, design, and implementation.  Ecohab invited 15 of their full-time crew and another 11 people signed up for the Green Building Workshop.  When combined with the Hero School builders and volunteers we were a solid crew of 35.  

 

The Transportation!

 

For one month the team worked Monday through Saturday to build this classroom. Throughout the month the Aguas Calientes middle school students jumped into the fray and provided invaluable support around the construction site while simultaneously learning the tricks of the green building trade.  And the vibe around the job site was enthusiastic. Everywhere you looked there were smiles.  Each day we could see the progress and each evening we relived the day's successes. 

 

The Tire Foundation of the Classroom

And yes this classroom is run with solar power! This is the only solar panel in the village!

Solar Energy Time!

Unlike so many well-intentioned construction projects, we finished what we started in the time allotted.  On the last day the Aguas Calientes teachers and students, the Ecohab builders, the Hero School crew, representatives from the Ministry of Education and all of the international volunteers broke bread to celebrate our united victory. Please visit lwhome.org to sign up for our next great adventure and please don't forget to donate!

Together We Did That!

What A Team!
What A Team!
Hero School Teachers, Volunteers, and Builders
Hero School Teachers, Volunteers, and Builders
The Tire Foundation of the Classroom
The Tire Foundation of the Classroom
On the Road Again!
On the Road Again!
Solar Energy Time!
Solar Energy Time!
Glass Bottles Make for Great Light.
Glass Bottles Make for Great Light.
The Transportation!
The Transportation!

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Starting Another School Year

By Amanda Mallory | Development Director

Nov 21, 2023
Many happy announcements in this news blast! And many thanks to YOU!

By Amanda Mallory | Development Director

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Long Way Home, Inc.

Location: Culpepper, VA - USA
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Matt Paneitz
Executive Director
Culpepper , VA United States

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