January 2003

La Betania, just another barrio in a satellite city?

When Hurricane Mitch hit Honduras in October 1998, the inhabitants of the neighborhood of “La Betania” in Tegucigalpa had to abandon their houses and give them over to the swelling river. Four years later they are moving into their new houses in a satellite town 30km outside of Tegucigalpa, the new neigborhood is also called “La Betania”. This is a project planned and implemented by EcoSouth member “EcoViDe” in Honduras with funds from the Swiss Red Cross and the Swiss “Chain of Solidarity”

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Cuba: 3ra. ruta ecologica Holguín - Santa Clara

The III Ruta Ecologica (Ecological Tour) between the cities of Santa Clara and Holguín, Cuba, which includes the triathlon activities of swimming, cycling and running in the sport program and lectures on the sustainable habitat and use of ecomaterials in its academic program, will take place February 2-8, 2003.

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Three MCR Clusters in Ghana

Clusters of workshops where MCR has an established place in the building materials market were discovered by EcoSouth expert Martin Melendez when he visited Ghana at the end of 2001. He was able to compare the situation in 2001 with an earlier mission in 1996, and come up with quite a realistic overview.

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ECOSOUTH NETWORKING – from Namibia to Thailand

Beate Grunzke   

During our holidays in Thailand we took the opportunity to visit Geoffrey Wheeler who Peter met at the ecomaterials conference in Santa Clara in September of 2001. Geoffrey started to build up a Center for Vocational Building Technology (CVBT) in a village in Northeastern Thailand after he married into a Thai family. A close relationship to the catholic church enabled him to build the center on church owned land. Thus, in 1991, the CVBT was founded. Its aim is to create new employment in Northeastern Thailand by promoting small-scale manufacture of concrete building materials, thereby replacing imports to the region and helping to reduce migration of workers to Bangkok or foreign countries.

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News - January 2003

Women tilemakers in Mexico receive enterprise award

The tile workshop of the “Treig” women´s cooperative in Etla, Oaxaca received second prize in a concourse for outstanding and success economical enterprises managed by women. The tile workshop was initiated in 2000 through a program with students from the Technical University of Berlin. The women produce 1,500 tiles per month which are sold to a developing clientele that includes private dwellings as well as public buildings. Among their marketing strategies is to take advantage of the weekly market, whereby they have a small display roof and distribute promotional flyers. Their profits since beginning production are equivalent to one month´s sales, which they have reinvested in improvements to the tile workshop and to support a capacitation center of their own. EcoSouth provided the original capacitation, whereby two members of Treig attended a course at the EcoSouth center in Nicaragua, followed up by an onsite course for the entire cooperative in Etla.

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BSHF calendar includes “Two decades after the earthquake, Guatemala”
Construyendo con Adobe The Caritas post-earthquake adobe reconstruction project in Baja Verapaz, Guatemala is included as the May 2003 photo in the calendar of the Building and Social Housing Foundation. That project after the 1976 earthquake was directed by one of EcoSouth´s principal experts, Prof. Dr. Kurt Rhyner. One of the winning projects was the Architect of the Community Program of Cuba, an approach also being used by several EcoSouth partners in Latin America and Africa.

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Kathryn Pozak
Swiss and Canadian
Political Scientist and Journalist
English, Spanish, spoken German.
General concepts and synergies, backstopping, evaluations