Green Building Green Building San Juan Comalapa, Guatemala Long Way Home
Long Way Home is currently constructing a self suficient 18-building school campus using sustainable design and materials in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

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Project Details

Long Way Home is constructing a self-sufficient school in rural Guatemala. We are using alternative building techniques with tires and waste.

Long Way Home's mission as a registered US 501(c)3 is to use sustainable design and materials to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment and environmental stewardship. Our vision is to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty through innovative solutions to local challenges. Long Way Home is currently constructing a self sustainable 18-building green academy in the Western Highlands of Guatemala. Using radically green alternative methods and materials, we are empowering the youth of this community, the majority of whom are Kaqchikel Maya, to be the architects of their own futures. To date we’ve used over 400 tons of garbage in our construction projects and we currently serve 115 students in grades K-8. Volunteers with Long Way Home will experience a variety of tasks which may include pounding tires with rammed earth, using bottles stuffed with trash to form fences, creating and placing glass bottle bricks for natural lighting, or harvesting cactus pads for a natural sealant.

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NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Foundation Year
2004
Contact Person
Katie Rutchik
Spoken Languages
English

Social Impact

Long Way Home effects 3 major areas in the town of San Juan Comalapa; Employment, Education and Environmental Stewardship. We are one of the top full-time employers in the town and are teaching a unique skill for them to create their own employment. This year we have 115 students and will have the capacity for up to 300 students when construction is complete. We are building with the trash that lines the streets of Guatemala and teaching all involved to take care of their Environment.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals

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