Women savings coop turns into social housing provider
A group of women started a loan- and savings cooperative in El Salvador (ACAMS) and 15 years later they are the motor of development in the rural town of Tejutepeque. The earthquakes 2001 saw them distribute emergency aid while at the same time they had to repair their damaged houses. With technical advice from the EcoSur network they began producing micro concrete roofing tiles and soon helped other women's groups in the country to do the same. The next step was to provide housing for their poor cooperative members, and this has turned into a strong movement expanding into the neighbouring municipalities.
The myths of adobe
The myths of adobe....the ancient clay construction technique and earthquake safety was the theme of a seminar organized in Guatemala by CRS and the local Caritas. Two EcoSur experts and 22 participants from NGO's, University, architectural firms and the cement industry debated the possibilities of improving the safety standards of this traditional way of popular construction, still very present in rural areas.
EcoSur consultancy in the Philippines
One year ago we reported about the EcoSur consultancy to the Swiss NGO “Solidar” for their reconstruction after typhoon “Yolanda”. “Build Back Better” was the overriding theme for the project design. Intermediate evaluations show now that the project is well underway and the overall objectives will be fulfilled. The quality of construction is excellent, the houses are solid and take up the typical local architecture, but with decisive improvements to make them more resilient.
Post disaster reconstruction, 1755 – 2014: Have we really learned any lessons?
Are there lessons to be learnt from past disaster reconstruction?
This paper looks at two historical events and tries to make bridges to the situation 250 years later. It focuses on two very different events both of which created new ways of dealing with catastrophes, an earthquake that destroyed a world capital and a fire that destroyed a small rural town. While it is difficult to draw lessons from one historical period to another and from one situation to the next, it is disturbing to see that today we seem to be unable to live up to the proclaimed goals “sustainability” and “build back better”whenever a catastrophe hits.
Experiencies: Dual education for masons
In 2005, SofoNic has started a dual education program for masons in Nicaragua, using its house-building programs as a base. Teaming up with the local technical school in Jinotepe they are graduating about ten masons every year since. Most f them have found jobs in construction or have started a business on their own. SofoNic has contracted several of them as master masons in the reconstruction programs in Haiti.
EcoMaterials: MicroConcrete Roof tiles and FerroCement Panels
The EcoSur network presents a short professional video on two major technologies, the Ferrocement panels and the Micro Concrete Roofing Tiles. Filmed in Nicaragua and Salvador, it shows production and application and gives a summary overview of those two materials that have a relatively small ecological footprint and have widely proven to be sustainable in the three classical dimensions ecology, economy and social acceptance.
The film is commented in Spanish with summary English subtitles and invites viewers to ask questions, as all publications of the network are open source.
(English subtitles available in the CC icon)