[Strawbale] Upcoming SB in Israel
blackrange at zianet...
Mon Mar 17 13:53:38 CET 2003
To all our "Builders Without Borders" colleagues, please note: They are
still looking for a Strawbale Workshop Leader:
Bustan L'Shalom Strawbale Workshop in Israel
Bustan is a grassroots partnership of Jews and Arabs who are working to
raise awareness of the plight of the indigenous Bedouin population by
promoting sustainable initiatives. Builders Without Borders is providing
educational materials and technical support for the construction of a
strawbale medical clinic. In addition to providing medical care in a region
where adequate medical care is not accessible, it is hoped that this
project will spawn interest in sustainable building across the Negev where
70,000 Bedouins are living in corrugated tin shanties.
Bustan means grove in both Hebrew and Arabic. Bustan is a grassroots
partnership addressing the plight of indigenous and marginalized people in
Israel/Palestine. Bustan works with villagers who have been denied access
to public resources, and raises awareness of systemic discrimination
through proactive initiatives. Bustan promotes social and environmental
justice helping people help themselves.
Wadi Naam, in the Northern Negev, home to 4,000 people, is unrecognized by
the Israeli government. The population of Wadi Naam has long been denied
medical services, water, and electricity infrastructure. As a result, the
families of Wadi Naam live without the most basic provisions.
The objective of this project is to build a solar/wind powered medical
clinic by means of a community-building work camp. The practice of
adobe/straw building has a long history in Bedouin tradition. The project
is meant to reintroduce these sustainable, low-budget techniques in the
What? Join us in Israel, to train and be trained by indigenous Bedouin and
local Israelis in alternative building techniques. During a 6-day work
camp, volunteers and the community of Wadi Naam will build a
solar-powered, strawbale medical clinic. Art and music workshops will be
held for children and families. Lectures about unrecognized villages,
sustainability, and Bedouin culture will combine modern information with
Who? Bustans coalition of NGOs invites people of all traditions to join
us: activists, appropriate technology engineers, green builders, musicians,
artists, environmental lawyers, organic farmers, alternative practitioners,
peace educators, and writers.
Where? Wadi Na'am village, is an unrecognized village next to Israels
toxic waste incinerator in the Northern Negev. It is home to 4,000 citizens
in need of medical services.
When? Join us for Earth Day 2003. Come to the Holy Land of Israel/Palestine
for Pesach and Easter. The Medwed Work Week begins Friday April 18th25th,
How? For $800 per person (outside of Israel/Palestine), mobilize to build
with villagers and activists. This cost will cover all program activities,
your accommodations in the village, guides, translators, reading materials,
and 2 meals daily.
Strawbale Builder/Trainer Opportunity
An experienced strawbale builder who can train others is sought for this
workshop. Due to lack of funds, at first we are seeking a volunteer
trainer. If we cannot locate a volunteer, we are very willing to pay
someone. Please contact us for more information.
Devorah Brous, bustanlshalom at yahoo...
mail: Bustan, P.O. Box 309, Madison, NJ, 07039
phone in Israel: 001 972 53 711-800
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