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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Guatemala 2017
The organization Long Way Home (LWH) uses sustainable design techniques and materials to construct self-sufficient schools. They promote education, employment and environmental stewardship.
In Guatemala inherited social inequalities have led to the marginalization of the indigenous population. Resulting disparity of wealth has placed increased pressure on local natural resources. Poverty is a big problem. Livestock waste, agricultural runoff, household washing and trash dumping contaminates the water supply. The resulting intestinal parasitic diseases affecting the population are one of the leading causes of morbidity in the country. High percentages of residents lack a safe dwelling, an appropriate latrine or toilet, regular access to water, a ventilated stove and opportunities for schooling beyond the sixth grade.
This organization works to ensure that these inequalities are addressed and mitigated through job creation and support through educational opportunities and environmental decontamination. The school will be fully staffed and managed by locals. This will serve as a regional hub for sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by the rural, indigenous people.
The innovation here is the use of sustainable design techniques and materials to construct self-sufficient schools. This promotes education, employment and environmental stewardship. To provide the citizens of Comalapa, Guatemala with an affordable, low-impact solution to local infrastructure challenges is another important point. The model takes advantage of the existing spirit of innovation that exists in communities with limited resources.