Monday, July 2, 2012

Long Way Home

As some may know, I have left Kuwait for the summer and have just spent some time in Ontario for my summer vacation.

My next adventure is in Guatamala volunteering for the organization Long Way Home. The following is Long Way Home's mission statement:

Our Promises

To the community, we promise:

  • To provide a safe environment for education and recreation.
  • To bring and share innovative ideas in the areas of appropriate technology, education, and micro-enterprise.
  • To train others to be development workers.
  • To be good stewards of the environment.
To the volunteers, we promise:
  • To provide the opportunity to work hard, to learn, and to understand a unique culture.
To our supporters/contributors, we promise:
  • To operate a lean organization that puts their contributions to the best possible uses in accordance with our mission.
  • To maintain accountability and transparency with all project financing.
Our Beliefs
We believe every person has the responsibility to work towards ending poverty.
We believe in learning by doing and in leading by example.
We believe that successful community-development is driven by hard work at the grass roots level.
We believe that motivated individuals, with appropriate training, can learn to become leaders within their own communities.
We believe in being good stewards of the environment.
We believe that to break the cycle of poverty people need to know it exists.
Our Goals
  • LWH is a bridge for bringing expert technicians from different international organizations together with communities whose needs match their abilities.
  • To execute sustainable community development projects.
  • LWH wants to train others to be development workers, both the why and the how to work towards breaking the cycle of poverty.
  • Provide a base for other org to use our models (share successful models) as they are proven successful.
  • Break the cycle of poverty.

You can expect that the next blog posts will be about my work within the organization.

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