Help kids fight climate change with green building

by Long Way Home, Inc.
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Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Help kids fight climate change with green building
Bachillerato students during latrine construction
Bachillerato students during latrine construction

Green Building Update - Academy Success

We held our third Academy this past July, focusing building on a third house on the Peren property. 7 full time and 4 part time students joined us from the US, the UK, Mexico, and Guatemala to build an entire house from the ground up. Peter McIntosh from Natural Building Collective lead the in-class and on-site practical sessions while Matt, Adam, Roberto and Hugo led hands-on construction sessions. 

Roberto Peren, our construction team leader, has taken a leap with his family. He has invested in the LWH building process, demonstrating for the Comalapan community that a house made from "trash" can be beautiful as well as produce a positive impact on the local environment. Roberto and the LWH team are on the frontline of making sustainable and resilient housing available in low-resourced and climate-stressed communities. Click here for the overview video.

 

Education Update - CETC Seniors' Final Projects

Over the course of 10 days, our CETC seniors (7 boys and 5 girls) completed their grade level projects - two dry compost latrines. The two latrines were built for and with two families in the neighboring village of Xiquin Sanaii. The families were identified from the student-led living conditions survey conducted in 2017. 4 Bachillerato teachers alongside 3 of our green builders supervised the builds.

These projects embody purpose-based education, youth led community development, and interdisciplinary teamwork. Students, builders, teachers, and Xiquin community members came together to implement a sustainable solution to a local challenge. 

 

Community Update –

Paraxaj Water Project

A piped water system is now delivering clean water to 1,200 people in Parajax, Guatemala - a neighboring village of Comalapa! 

Engineers Without Borders University of Minnesota Chapter partnered with LWH and Parajax to install the piped water system. LWH's five prior project partnerships with EWB Minnesota have delivered piped water to nearly 1,000 families. Click here for the overview video.

Campus Repaving Project

The CETC Parent's Committee has completed three phases of the campus repaving project, using recycled cobblestones from town. Now three key walkways are paved! This will significantly reduce dust, creating a safer environment for kids to breathe and play. Click here for the overview video.

We would like to thank donors, Heidi and Austin Spinella, for their generous support of this campus development project! .

 

Non-Profit Update

2017 -2018 Annual Report Released!

After much anticipation, here is a review of the work completed by LWH from 2017-2018. We're grateful for the successes and lessons learned from these years. Look out for a 2019 Annual Report release in February 2020! Read the full report here.

LWH Visionaries Documentary

The Visionaries documentary episode "Green Building - A Long Way from Home" is showing on more and more public TV stations across the US! Check out the schedule here and/or check out the full episode in the link below.

 

If you feel inspired by the work we're doing to generate economic opportuinity and resilient systems in climate-stressed communities, invest with us by becoming a recurring donor.

Romeo and Reese during the July Academy
Romeo and Reese during the July Academy
July Academy graduates
July Academy graduates
Bachillerato students with their finished latrine
Bachillerato students with their finished latrine

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CETC students wins price
CETC students wins price

We greatly appreciate your ongoing support of Long Way Home! Your donations help us to continue to carry out our mission to construct self-sufficient schools and houses, primarily serving children and families in the highlands town and surrounding villages of San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala. Read below to see how your support is manifesting into impactful and meaningful action in Comalapa.

March

In our 2nd Green Building Academy in March, our builders and students from around the world constructed a house using key green building materials - tires, cob, glass bottles, eco-bricks, and bamboo to name a few. This house was designed for a local family and will be ready for move-in by July. Our Academy students loved diving into classroom and applied learning on the subject of green building as well as a month of meaningful intercultural exchange. The month of building concluded with the roof and walls completed and window and door frames installed in the house. It is now ready for electric installations and finishing touches to the inside and outside.

Also in late March, LWH welcomed back the Viv corporate service group. Lead by Centro Educativo Tecnico Chixot students, this group helped to build 18 water tanks for families in need in the mountain village of Xiquin Sanai. This three-day service project was a great success for all. Thank you to Viv, the CETC middle and high school students and their teachers, and our local green building construction team for contributing muscles and minds to addressing the need for clean water storage in Xiquin!

April

In April, we started partnering with FUNDATED, a Guatemalan organization specializing in empowering vulnerable people and communities. The FUNDATED team coached our teachers on how to detect learning challenges for students and provide early psycho-social support for students. The goal is to offer direct help to our students who need it the most.

Another big step forward for campus construction is in progress right now. In April, Long Way Home builders, teachers, and parents collected thousands of cobble stones from the town square and are now using them to pave the walkways in front of classrooms. These cobble stones were made available to the public after the local government decided to repave town roads. This is another perfect example of how we repurpose local materials into our one-of-a-kind campus.

May

This past May, CETC 11th grade high school student, Joseline Morales, won the title of “Princess of Art” at the Rumial Qa Tinamit Celebration in Comalapa. In front of a big crowd in Comalapa's central park, she spoke about the emancipation of indigenous women and their rights to participate in political and social debates.

June

Finally, our construction of a Health Center for people living in the danger zone of Volcano Fuego in Santa Maria Sibaja is in its final phase and projected to be completed by June 2019. More than 3,000 eco-bricks and 300 tires have been used in this bamboo-structured clinic. The clinic includes two medical service rooms, an administration and entrance lobby, a storage room for medical equipment, and sanitary restrooms. We thank GlobalGiving for the grant to make this project possible.

As 2019 carrys on, please consider supporting our school further as we excitedly continue expansion of the campus, students served, and grades offered. We appreciate your support and always enjoy the opportunity to share our stories with you - the people that help make them possible!

With gratitude for your contributions to our organization, mission, and community,

The Long Way Home Team

CETC students prepare the water tanks
CETC students prepare the water tanks
Water tanks for 18 families in Xiquin Sanai
Water tanks for 18 families in Xiquin Sanai
Viv Group and Academy Students
Viv Group and Academy Students
2nd Green Building Academy
2nd Green Building Academy
2nd Green Building Academy House
2nd Green Building Academy House
Project Health Center in Santa Maria Sibaja
Project Health Center in Santa Maria Sibaja
CETC kids phoning
CETC kids phoning
CETC primary class
CETC primary class
Reutilizing cobble stone to pave our school
Reutilizing cobble stone to pave our school

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We would like to thank our special donors again who make the development of our Green Built school and education for our students possible. We have an update of your impact since "summer" break ended in min-January, and our students have returned for a new school year. Our school is growing, and we are excited to share this culmination of efforts with you. 

We now offer another high school grade. We are thrilled to be continuing and close to completing our offerings of secondary education. This is becoming increasingly important as our lower grade students are moving up, and we hope to provide support all the way to university.

We have added 10 new teachers equipped to support our growing student body. These teachers are primarily for our high school grades, as our high school programming is expanding. It has been wonderful to see so many new faces a part of our community!

We have just started our 2nd Green Building Academy on the 1st of March, with 5 eager and motivated participants joining us for the month of the course. We are excited to get going on building a new sustainable home from the ground up, starting with the foundations, whilst also working on a halfway finished LWH green building house next door. Our participants will therefore get a chance to practically work on many different stages of green building, from start to finish. We are hoping to build a community of green builders that spread these urgent values and teachings around the world.

In a small community called "Santa Maria Sibaja" in the valley of the Fuego Volcano, we are now constructing a Health Center for the community. In this disaster relief effort we are partnering with REKKO, who provide medical services, and the Ministry of Health to bring healthcare to more than 105 families. The center is built out of bamboo, trash-bottles and rammed earth tires. Locals are learning how to use local materials and repurpose their own trash. We are excited to have this new Health Center by the end of March. 

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. We will be providing updates on other developments in our school, as well as the projects and initiatives our students are able to produce for the community. Please consider supporting our school further throughout this 2019 year as we are excited to continue this expansion.  We appreciate your support and always enjoy the opportunity to share our stories with you, the people that make them possible. 

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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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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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Location: Culpepper, VA - USA
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