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#9 Matt Paneitz – Generational Impact
One generation ready – many more to come!
Matt is executive director of Long Way Home an organisation that uses sustainable design and materials to construct self-sufficient schools that promote education, employment and environmental stewardship.
This conversation was fascinating. It is rare to speak to someone in the offgrid world who has worked for so long and so consistently on humanitarian education projects. We talk LWH’s beginnings, what is real “development”, hope for democratic systems and lessons learned over 15 years of being all in.
Matt was raised in Lufkin, TX. He first went to Guatemala as a Peace Corps volunteer in 2002. At the end of his service, his in-country counterpart, the director of a local NGO, requested Matt’s help in transforming a five-acre piece of land into a community park. In 2004 Matt filed the non-profit application to start LWH and by Feb 2005, Parque Chimiya was underway. Prior to starting LWH Matt worked in construction and as a 911 Paramedic. In 2013 he earned a Bachelor’s in Sustainability and in 2015 a Masters in Education.
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