A Class Apart in Guatemala: Long Way Home

Long Way Home, the Guatemalan nonprofit government organization that is constructing community buildings out of tires and other rubbish for the 40,000 residents of San Juan Comalopa, seeks your help so they can win a $20,000 grant to further their work.

I last wrote about Long Way Home in November 2009 when their volunteers built an energy efficient school building out of recycled materials.

Competing in the BBC World Challenge with other projects in Denmark, Tanzania, Peru, Kenya, Zambia, India, the Philippines, Madagascar, Mexico, Rwanda, and Malawi to receive a feature spread in Newsweek magazine, I am supporting Long Way Home.

The World Challenge is a collaborative effort between the BBC World News, Newsweek, and Shell; it is the oil and gas company which will present the financial award.

"With the financial award," I am informed in an email newsletter from the organization, "We can build four primary classrooms, ensuring an exceptional educational opportunity for 80 children annually. The publicity will introduce us to a broad group of potential supporters."

To view a short clip about the Tecnico Maya school construction project (which I featured last year), and to vote for "A Class Apart" with your name and email address, head over to the World Challenge site before November 12.