Thursday, January 28, 2010

Locally found building materials

The incredible nature of things, is evident in times of extreme hardship.
This school in Port St Johns has morphed into a superb example of how resourceful humans can be. The initial intention was to build a school using raw earth bricks, then the rains came. Its not easy to dry bricks in the rain. The deadline was looming as the eager children prepare for the start of the new school year.

So the builders took a deep breath, lifted their heads and looked around. Bamboo, tin cans and muddy clay lay abundant all around.
Harvest time!
The picture on the left shows the bamboo walls of one of the classrooms (the inside will be plastered).

Tin can collections became the order of the day and soon the new (rather funky walls) were up, this is the best example of recycled building.
Its very exciting and a huge learning for the community members who have access to tin cans chicken wire and clay. Its not complete yet and the children and teachers have had to band together in order to find alternative premises, but it is happening, its innovative and its evolving the way it should. Congratulations to all involved.

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