In March 2010 Sr. Theresa went to Ecuador (South America) along with a member from USA, Mariuxi Mazzini, were they were able to gather a group of indigenes to build on the work with the poor that was initiated.
The group has triple in size and they are feeding, working with aged and children in the city of Guayaquil.
Pro Labore Dei Ecuador for a few years now having been building homes for those in need.
First set of houses by PLD was made in this form but they only last about 5 years before needing repairs. The bamboo current practice model included a construction above ground (house on stilts), bamboo structure, zinc metal roof, bamboo walls, unsanitary latrine, small and few openings that restricted ventilation.
We then moved to brick houses. These masonry current practice embraced a zinc metal roof, unsanitary latrine, small and few openings, but with a slab on grade and concrete blocks walls.
One of PLD Ecuador Youth did his master architecture in USA a few years ago. For his thesis that he won the top prize for he came up with a new design, which we have been waiting to build first prototype once land and funds were available. This is an improved version of both construction methods with considered sustainable features included such as:
The original design also included solar panels for energy but was not been implemented in due to the extra cost it would have incurred.
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