[Strawbale] Straw bale: Help for Peru

Huff & Puff Construction huffnpuff at shoal....au
Sun Apr 20 23:47:38 CEST 2003

G ' day Balers on all the lists

David Bainbridge and I received this email from Pedro in Peru, can you gals and guys assist him?

I am on the road as of tomorrow and we are in the middle of a workshop here in Ganmain so I cannot get to all the emails until I return from Trangie in a couple of weeks.

Salaams The Straw Wolf


NO apologies for the cross posts these people need our help; so let us help them.  That's what straw bale is for me personally.

61 2 6927 6027

Pedro's email follows:

Hi Earthling!

 I´m a peruvian man who´s developing an ecological project in my country. We are trying to create an ecological consciousness that most Peruvians doesn´t have. One of our concerns is he ecological building. We have lots of adobe constructions here, but they aren´t made with a proper technic so they tend not to last many years. Most Peruvian can´t even afford to have an adobe house so we live in very cheap shelters made of what ever we can find, like cardboard, strawmats (not bales), triplay, etc. e know hat building wih adobe isn´t so expensive, but most people doesn´t know how it´s made or think it´s too expensive (or can´t afford it). 

 Natural construction technics like cob, rammed earth, lime, straw bales, etc aren´t practiced here because nobody knows about them. The group of young people I represent have received two books: "The Cobbers Companion" from Cob Cottage Company and "The Cob Builders Handbook" from Becky Bee (Groundworks).They have given us their books because they know about our projects and want to help us develop them. 

We have lots of hard time trying to raise founds and all of our expenses are from our pockets. We can´t afford to buy other books and we don´t even have credit cards, so that limits us even more. As you may know, Peru is a very poor country trying to come out of it´s poverty, but in this raise, people tend to forget about the ecology and put the progress before nature. We are trying to stop this.

We have also made contact with Carol Steinfeld and received "The Composting System Book". Peru´s sewage system is very primitive, everything goes to the sea unprocessed.

The education in our country is so bad that most people are analphabets and many schools are so deteriorate that the walls and roof falls down (many school students have died with this accidents). We have no decent librarys or bibliotecs. 

 This letter is a cry for help. We don´t want money, we want to learn. We need books, tapes, files, links, anything that can help achieve a better education. We aren´t looking for any kind of books and information right now, we need books about natural constructions, soils, roofs, site work, materials, foundations, drainage, plastering, how to build composting toilets in site, etc. Anything you have that can help us will do. It could be second hand, fotocopies, or new. We need more sources so that we´ll progress in the right direction, the environmental friendly direction.

Thank you very much for your time. If you can help with something, please answer this mail. My address is:

 Pedro Carrillo

Junin 421, Miraflores

Lima 18, Peru

PEACE. Together we can save the planet!

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