Long Way Home (LWH), founded in 2004 and headquartered in Guatemala, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to use sustainable design and materials to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment and environmental stewardship. Our vision, to empower communities to break the cycle of poverty through innovative solutions to local challenges.
Since 2008 LWH staff and volunteers from all over the world have transformed 450 tons of inorganic trash into what is legally registered with the Guatemalan Ministry of Education as Centro Educativo Tecnico Chixot (chee-shoat), K-12. This award-winning campus infrastructure includes: 14 classrooms; two dry-compost latrines; a 4,000-gallon and 42,500-gallon cistern; terraced gardens; on-site waste management; an outdoor theatre; hundreds of square feet of retaining walls; a library; a cafeteria; an administration building; volunteer housing and more.
With construction of the campus approaching completion our expertise and resources are now focused on the indigenous Kaqchikel village of Xiquin Sanaii, about seven beautiful kilometers outside of Comalapa. A recent survey conducted to evaluate living conditions demonstrates an immediate need for water, cisterns, latrines, stoves, school buildings, retaining walls, homes and more. Having integrated the sustainable development of Xiquin Sanaii into our middle and high school curriculum, our students, teachers, builders, and volunteers are just the people for the job.
Those interested in learning the fundamentals of sustainable development should apply to our Green Building Academy. During our one month course Academy students when not in the classroom will be building an off-the-grid earthquake resistant home for a family with very limited resources.