Long Way Home Inc #2


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This is a PPT with less info than the BU Geography PPT> It was used for a younger group, teens interested in volunteering with Long Way Home.

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  • Guatemala is a developing country with typical social ills including poverty, lack of education, lure of crime to survive
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  • Long Way Home Inc #2

    1. 2. San Juan Comalapa Dept. of Chimaltenango San Juan Comalapa population 39,000 View of Comalapa
    2. 3. Clustered city surrounded by small farming plots
    3. 4. Traditional traje, machete and hoe, “azidon”
    4. 5. Wood-burning stove, multi-generational compounds
    5. 6. Children all work
    6. 7. Market Day is Tues. Friday Sunday
    7. 8. Community Pila
    8. 9. Weaving is a major industry
    9. 10. <ul><li>70% Catholics, </li></ul><ul><li>30% Evangelical Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Agrarian lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>School 4-5 hrs/day, onlythrough grade 8 </li></ul><ul><li>High School costs money </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional dress and roles </li></ul>
    10. 11. 5% of the world population are considered indigenous yet 15%   of the world’s poor are indigenous. Indigenous people are over-represented in the group of the “world’s poor.” In Comalapa, the indigenous Kaq’chikel are 95% of the population Indigenous people are an important group of rural poor.
    11. 12. Indigenous people constitute an important group of rural poor. In Guatemala some 86.6% of the indigenous people are poor. 44% of population in Guatemala are indigenous people
    12. 13. Indigenous people are an important group of rural poor. 44% of Guatemalan population are indigenous, 50% of them are Mayan Received Nobel Peace Prize 1992 Wrote autobiography “ I, Rigoberta Menchu ” Yet do not make a strong political force. The single indigenous candidate, Rigoberta Mench ú , received only 3% of the vote in 2008 national presidential election.
    13. 14. Statistics U S A Facts taken from the Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook Life Cycle Median age: 36.7 years Median age: 19.2 years School Life Expectancy total: 16 years male: 15 years female: 16 years (2006) total: 10 years male: 11 years female: 10 years (2006) Gross National Income per capita $41,950 $4,410 Literacy 99% 99% male 99% female 56% 63% male 49% female Population below poverty line 12% 56% Expenditures on education 5.3% of GDP (2005) 2.6% of GDP (2006) Guatemala
    14. 15. Why Guatemala? Why Comalapa? <ul><li>Suffer from institutional poverty, racism and control of their social circumstances by the rich </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ the global poor, if only they had been born into different social circumstances, would be just as able and likely to lead healthy, happy and productive lives as the rest of us. The root cause of their suffering is their abysmal social starting position, which does not give them much of a chance to become anything but poor, vulnerable and dependent — unable to give their children a better start than they had had themselves. ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The better-off enjoy significant advantages in the use of a single natural resource base from whose benefits the worse-off are largely, and without compensation, excluded. ”Thomas W. Pogge, Associate Prof. of philosophy at Columbia U </li></ul></ul><ul><li>High unemployment rate in rural areas </li></ul><ul><li>High illiteracy : Few educational opportunities after 6 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Guatemala has a population of about 14 million and over 400,000 youth are in gangs, which is about 2.8%, their solution to the above set of ills </li></ul><ul><li>Family oriented, warm, caring culture with a long, colorful and rich history </li></ul>
    15. 16. <ul><li>Long Way Home’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty among youth in developing communities by </li></ul><ul><li>Creating educational opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Tecnico Maya Vocational School </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivating civic interaction </li></ul><ul><li>Simajuleu Civic Group </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraging healthy lifestyles </li></ul><ul><li>Parque Chimyá </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling </li></ul>
    16. 17. Ericka Temple, Architect Adam Howland, Project Mgr. Liz Howland Not shown: Andy Case, Webmaster Rebecca Sanchez, Volunteer Coordinator Aaron Colvin, Assistant Project Mgr. Matt Paneitz, Executive Director, Founder LWH
    17. 18. Parque Chimiyá
    18. 19. Parque Chimiya, basketball court, soccer field, organic gardens, public park open dawn to dusk
    19. 20. Reforestation Program: 37,000 trees planted in four years 1,182 hours of work
    20. 21. Reforestation Program: 37,000 trees planted in four years 1,182 hours of work
    21. 22. Typical method of trash disposal
    22. 25. Tecnico Maya Vocational School <ul><li>A practical demonstration of transforming waste into </li></ul><ul><li>structurally sound, eco-friendly, low-cost, low-tech structures </li></ul><ul><li>earthquake resistant! </li></ul><ul><li>introduce green building technology to a developing country </li></ul><ul><li>teach environmental hygiene </li></ul><ul><li>bring jobs and business opportunities to Comalapa </li></ul>
    23. 26. Raw materials
    24. 27. Tires are collected from Chimaltenango, 30 miles away
    25. 29. Excavation
    26. 30. Adam and the crew fill tires with earth.
    27. 31. Foundation in one week, January 2009
    28. 32. Foundation is filled with gravel and earth-filled tires
    29. 33. Crew filling top tier of tires School taking shape
    30. 34. Roof has a drainage system that diverts water to a cistern.
    31. 35. Volunteer bringing concrete to roof November 2009 February 2010 Finished interior-no tires in sight
    32. 38. Volunteer fills a liter bottle with earth to make a brick . Earth-filled and litter-filled liter bottles form the structure for building.
    33. 39. Earth-filled and litter-filled liter bottles form the structure for building.
    34. 40. Bottles filled with litter are the basis for this structure which became a community library.
    35. 41. Feliciano, Clara and their three children in front of Hotel Comalapa Sol Past volunteer, Rafael Lindau
    36. 42. Rafael works on a tire for the vocational school.
    37. 43. Beneficiaries Rafael pounds dirt into tires in the foundation of the water tank.
    38. 44. LWH volunteers and the local community teamed together with the Minnesota chapter of Engineers Without Borders to construct a 67,000 gallon water harvesting system for the town of Simajuleu.
    39. 45. Beneficiaries of the water tank. It will help 5000 people have better access to water.
    40. 46. http://catorcekt.wordpress.com/ http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeOouXAC42c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SvZ_8Tq8Jo
    41. 47. Possible College Majors that would prepare you for a career in Development Work: <ul><li>Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>International Relations </li></ul><ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Latin American History </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental Science </li></ul><ul><li>Economics/Business </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profit management </li></ul><ul><li>Archaeology </li></ul><ul><li>Webdesign/Marketing/Media </li></ul><ul><li>Journalism </li></ul>
    42. 49. 350 interns and volunteers since 2004 We believe that in order to break the cycle of poverty people need to know that it exists.
    43. 51. Security