“The small kindergarden built by FSH a few years ago was built in cement, but «in Nepal cement is really of very poor quality. Look at the walls: they are already cracked!» Durga complains. «For the training centre, we have decided that we would choose something different and, after a great deal of research, I found out about the earthbag technique … which seemed to me to be THE solution»
Is earthbag construction a far-fetched idea? Mickey, an american volunteer, who came to take part in the work, explains in a chuckle: « Most people have never heard of this technique. When I tell them that all we have to do is fill bags with earth and pile them up, few people think I am serious!» And yet this surprisingly simple technique is worth looking into more seriously.
Will other earthbag houses be built in the village following this project? What is definite is that First Steps Himalaya is not going to stop here, now that it has taken off! In the last few days, Durga can proudly announce us that the NGO has just been awarded new financial grants that he is already imagining how he can use them to build another earthbag building in his own village: «with the experience we have just gained, we will do even better and more quickly! ». For the time being the walls have been erected and now the work ahead is to coat the bags quickly since they cannot resist well to the UVs… We leave this joyful team and take to the road again towards Thailand…”
More at the source: Eco-Logis.org