We are currently recruiting student volunteers and fundraising in preparation of this project which will take place 12-24 January 2015.
During this time, we will be working on finishing the Kapita Community Center, a building which is essential for a very remote community in Malawi. Last year, we were able to complete two rooms which are currently being used as a community bank and for storage. The remaining 6 rooms will provide a women's shelter, a library, water harvesting systems, power, showers and batherooms, all of these being vital for this community's self-sustainability. We will be building at least another two rooms in January and teach the local community all the necessary skills to finish the building by themselves.
The participation fee to join us in this exciting project is USD $1,000. The entire amount of this fee goes towards production, tools and materials for this project. We would not be able to do any of this without the great support of our volunteers. Transport from the airport to the site and back, a camping spot and some food (three meals a day consisting of local vegetarian food) are included in this fee. No prior experience is needed, our great teachers will accommodate to you and make sure you get some great learnings from it! :)
The Earthship Biotecture crew, joined by a team of local, national and international volunteers has built what is called the “Windship” Earthship design in the Philippines in response to typhoon Haiyan. The Windship has evolved from the Simple Survival Earthship design and functions to serve as an aerodynamic storm shelter and school building for a community outside of Tacloban on Leyte Island.
In February 2015, our crew will be returning to the Philippines in order to complete the structure’s finishes and to install the power and water systems. We will be simultaneously building a zerocost hut in the community, made solely from salvaged, local and recycled materials. Our efforts are being coordinated with two organizations on the ground, the Earth Village Project and One Block for Batug, who are helping our work with the local community.
We are raising money for this project through general donations as well as student sign ups. Currently, we are looking for registrants for the finish hit of this project. The registered students will train alongside a professional crew and will be involved in the education of the local volunteers. All contributions go entirely into the job itself and are needed in order make this project a success.
We have established an amazing relationship with the local community during the first round and would love to share this experience with you this upcoming February.