Reviving the lost art of earth-based construction
Clayhands works with individuals, organizations and municipalities in small rural towns in South America beginning in the Andes Mountain region of Colombia to revive the art of earth BASED construction.
Background: Clayhands started with emerald dealers, miners and exporters wanting to give back to Colombia’s rural population. We see it growing and fulfilling a basic need; actually a quite urgent need. We hope you will join us.
Since 5 years ago the price of cement in Colombia has more than doubled. At the same time, Colombia has many displaced populations (ranking 2nd in the world for displaced people, after Syria) from the civil war. The Mayors of Borbur, Maripi and Muzo, all localities in the Colombian emerald mining region, have spoken to me about the need to address unemployment and lack of housing in their municipalities.
We need partners who want to work with us and support projects that benefit the people in Colombia. The mayor of Borbur has land for us to build on, and people to involve. We have instructors ready and motivated, and we have a spacious location in Bogota from where to administer the project or projects. I have happily put money and time into this; I feel like this is my duty and joy (the words are from poet Rabindarath Tagore: “duty IS joy”) to make this happen.
We are currently working with another Foundation in Colombia; it is called Hogares Claret, a therapeutic community for addicts and homeless boys aged 9-17 directed by Catholic priest Gabriel Mejia.