Edition 37 Among the basic needs of humanity - food, clothing and shelter - our work embraces shelter. EcoSouth addresses the great housing deficit in southern countries. http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37 2018-10-23T08:04:17+00:00 EcoSur: Concrete Roof Tiles, puzolanic cement, earth houses, ecomaterials paulcoyote@gmail.com Joomla! - Open Source Content Management Home Improvement in Brasil 2010-12-06T20:38:17+00:00 2010-12-06T20:38:17+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/461-home-improvement-in-brasil18 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 0px;" alt="Mejorando la casa en Brasil" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/dic2010/cooperhaf_brasil_ecosur_001.jpg" height="212" width="450" /></p> <p>Amelie Estrada, architect from Ecosur Nicaragua and Diego Coloma, technician from EcoSur Ecuador, visited the project "Home Improvement" (Caprichando a Morada in Portuguese), implemented by the Rural Housing Cooperative COOPERHAF in Chapecó city, state of Santa Catarina, winner of the World Habitat Award 2009, granted by the Building and Social Housing Foundation.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 0px;" alt="Mejorando la casa en Brasil" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/dic2010/cooperhaf_brasil_ecosur_001.jpg" height="212" width="450" /></p> <p>Amelie Estrada, architect from Ecosur Nicaragua and Diego Coloma, technician from EcoSur Ecuador, visited the project "Home Improvement" (Caprichando a Morada in Portuguese), implemented by the Rural Housing Cooperative COOPERHAF in Chapecó city, state of Santa Catarina, winner of the World Habitat Award 2009, granted by the Building and Social Housing Foundation.</p> Clay bricks with neutral carbon emissions 2010-12-03T01:42:30+00:00 2010-12-03T01:42:30+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/460-clay-bricks-with-neutral-carbon-emissions17 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 0px;" alt="hvc_5_chambo" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/nov2010/hvc_5_chambo.jpg" height="222" width="450" /></p> <p>The fifth Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) in Chambo, Ecuador was tested the last November 22 and was a success as planed. The efficiency in the temperature control and speed of burning predicts a promising future for the sustainability of the artisanal clay brick making.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 0px;" alt="hvc_5_chambo" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/nov2010/hvc_5_chambo.jpg" height="222" width="450" /></p> <p>The fifth Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK) in Chambo, Ecuador was tested the last November 22 and was a success as planed. The efficiency in the temperature control and speed of burning predicts a promising future for the sustainability of the artisanal clay brick making.</p> Micro-Concrete Roofing tiles: a School for Life. 2010-12-03T01:34:35+00:00 2010-12-03T01:34:35+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/459-micro-concrete-roofing-tiles-a-school-for-life16 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="450" height="218" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/nov2010/escuela_para_la_vida_001.jpg" alt="La Teja de MicroConcreto: Una Escuela para la vida" style="margin: 0px;" /></p> <p>In Cali, the third largest city in Colombia, the School for Life Foundation started the production of MicroConcrete Roofing tiles (MCR) in a project that includes workshops on bamboo and wood building, masonry, gastronomy and marketing &amp; sales.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img width="450" height="218" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/nov2010/escuela_para_la_vida_001.jpg" alt="La Teja de MicroConcreto: Una Escuela para la vida" style="margin: 0px;" /></p> <p>In Cali, the third largest city in Colombia, the School for Life Foundation started the production of MicroConcrete Roofing tiles (MCR) in a project that includes workshops on bamboo and wood building, masonry, gastronomy and marketing &amp; sales.</p> School renovations in the north of Nicaragua. 2010-11-17T03:36:29+00:00 2010-11-17T03:36:29+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/458-school-renovations-in-the-north-of-nicaragua-15 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p>Through a partnership between the city of Saarlouis, southwest Germany, and Matiguás, north of Nicaragua, a school located in San Carlos, Pancasán, was remodeled as the first part of a project funded through DESWOS.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Escuelas en el norte de Nicaragua" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/nov2010/san_carlos_pancasan_001.jpg" height="233" width="450" /></p> <p>Through a partnership between the city of Saarlouis, southwest Germany, and Matiguás, north of Nicaragua, a school located in San Carlos, Pancasán, was remodeled as the first part of a project funded through DESWOS.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Escuelas en el norte de Nicaragua" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/nov2010/san_carlos_pancasan_001.jpg" height="233" width="450" /></p> Rebuilding schools in Haiti 2010-10-09T01:03:15+00:00 2010-10-09T01:03:15+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/457-rebuilding-schools-in-haiti14 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p>After the earthquake in Haiti, the village of Liancourt, 100 km north of Port au Prince, has received thousands of people returning from the capital to his hometown. The homes that were occupied only by an elderly couple now have 8 or 10 people because the children with their wives, husbands and grandchildren have returned from the big cities devastated by the earthquake.<br />This sudden increase in population has put great pressure on the public service systems, including education.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="vertical-align: middle;" alt="Reconstruyendo casas en Haití" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/oct2010/franklin_martinez_001.jpg" height="207" width="450" /></p> <p>After the earthquake in Haiti, the village of Liancourt, 100 km north of Port au Prince, has received thousands of people returning from the capital to his hometown. The homes that were occupied only by an elderly couple now have 8 or 10 people because the children with their wives, husbands and grandchildren have returned from the big cities devastated by the earthquake.<br />This sudden increase in population has put great pressure on the public service systems, including education.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="vertical-align: middle;" alt="Reconstruyendo casas en Haití" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/oct2010/franklin_martinez_001.jpg" height="207" width="450" /></p> Dry Toilets in rural area of Ecuador 2010-09-24T01:38:14+00:00 2010-09-24T01:38:14+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/456-dry-toilets-in-rural-area-of-ecuador13 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com Thanks to the Santa Marianita neighborhood organization in Guano-Ecuador, and the persistence of their leaders, the construction of 15 dry toilets were delivered to the Mayor of the Municipality of Guano and the Prefecture of the province of Chimborazo to improve hygiene, privacy and quality of life in general of its inhabitants.<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 5px;" alt="Inodoros Secos en zona rural de Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/sep2010/inodoro_guano_004_sep2010.jpg" height="267" width="450" /></p> Thanks to the Santa Marianita neighborhood organization in Guano-Ecuador, and the persistence of their leaders, the construction of 15 dry toilets were delivered to the Mayor of the Municipality of Guano and the Prefecture of the province of Chimborazo to improve hygiene, privacy and quality of life in general of its inhabitants.<br /> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 5px;" alt="Inodoros Secos en zona rural de Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/sep2010/inodoro_guano_004_sep2010.jpg" height="267" width="450" /></p> Dry Toilets in El Salvador 2010-08-26T00:44:43+00:00 2010-08-26T00:44:43+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/455-dry-toilets-in-el-salvador12 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="inodoro_seco_salvador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2010/inodoro_seco_salvador.jpg" height="281" width="250" />Through a South-Souht technology and information exchange, the first Dry Toilet was built in El Salvador (and the first in all Central America), in a housing project built by the Cooperative Asociation in Savings and Credit Solidary Women, ACAMS, in the town of Tejutepeque.</p> <p>Estuardo Quispillo, head of the Constructions Departament from Red EcoSur Ecuador, flew to El Salvador for a week, from august 16th to 20th, 2010, to give an assesment in Dry Toilets and build the first one in a new settlement, 10 km away from Tejutepeque.</p> <p><img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="inodoro_seco_salvador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2010/inodoro_seco_salvador.jpg" height="281" width="250" />Through a South-Souht technology and information exchange, the first Dry Toilet was built in El Salvador (and the first in all Central America), in a housing project built by the Cooperative Asociation in Savings and Credit Solidary Women, ACAMS, in the town of Tejutepeque.</p> <p>Estuardo Quispillo, head of the Constructions Departament from Red EcoSur Ecuador, flew to El Salvador for a week, from august 16th to 20th, 2010, to give an assesment in Dry Toilets and build the first one in a new settlement, 10 km away from Tejutepeque.</p> Knowledge in the hands of the people 2010-08-25T02:25:09+00:00 2010-08-25T02:25:09+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/454-knowledge-in-the-hands-of-the-people-11 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="Knowledge in the hands of the people " src="http://english.ecosur.org/images/stories/200px-CC-logo.svg.png" height="48" width="200" />In a meeting for the 30 years of Grupo Sofonías, a draft about the philosophy of the EcoSur Newtork was made, based in the principles of the open source code: <ul> <li>Knowledge must be available in a free manner </li> <li>The tools to develop and apply that knowledge must be available in the local language</li> <li>People must be able to modify and inprove that knowledge as they needed</li> <li>Any modification or improvement to that knowledge must be returned to the community</li> </ul> <img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="Knowledge in the hands of the people " src="http://english.ecosur.org/images/stories/200px-CC-logo.svg.png" height="48" width="200" />In a meeting for the 30 years of Grupo Sofonías, a draft about the philosophy of the EcoSur Newtork was made, based in the principles of the open source code: <ul> <li>Knowledge must be available in a free manner </li> <li>The tools to develop and apply that knowledge must be available in the local language</li> <li>People must be able to modify and inprove that knowledge as they needed</li> <li>Any modification or improvement to that knowledge must be returned to the community</li> </ul> Strenght test to the FerroCement Panels 2010-08-25T00:52:54+00:00 2010-08-25T00:52:54+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/453-strenght-test-to-the-ferrocement-panels10 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p>Panels of&nbsp; Ferro Cement&nbsp; (PFC) have been used by EcoTec in Nicaragua since 1991, when the Cuban EcoSur partner CECAT intorduced them.&nbsp; The system had been developped by Dr. Hugo Wainsthok who in earlier years had built large fisherboats in ferrocement and in 1984&nbsp; built a series of two-storey houses with panels in Cuba.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 5px;" alt="Los Paneles de FerroCemento se han usa" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2010/pfc_001.jpg" height="242" width="450" /></p> <p>Panels of&nbsp; Ferro Cement&nbsp; (PFC) have been used by EcoTec in Nicaragua since 1991, when the Cuban EcoSur partner CECAT intorduced them.&nbsp; The system had been developped by Dr. Hugo Wainsthok who in earlier years had built large fisherboats in ferrocement and in 1984&nbsp; built a series of two-storey houses with panels in Cuba.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img style="margin: 5px;" alt="Los Paneles de FerroCemento se han usa" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2010/pfc_001.jpg" height="242" width="450" /></p> From mule trails to the electronic highway 2010-08-18T21:41:02+00:00 2010-08-18T21:41:02+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/452-from-mule-trails-to-the-electronic-highway-9 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><strong>A revolutionary decade for south-south knowledge sharing </strong></p> <p>Sharing implies having something to share and not being afraid to share it, a give and take.<br />Often the word “sharing” is substituted by “management”, becoming knowledge management and which implies a power relationship. This relationship is usually just another step on the continuum of north-south power.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><em>By Kathryn Pozak</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em> </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2010/mula_001.jpg" alt="De caminos de mulas a la autopista de la información" style="margin: 5px;" height="285" width="450" border="0" /></p> <p><strong>A revolutionary decade for south-south knowledge sharing </strong></p> <p>Sharing implies having something to share and not being afraid to share it, a give and take.<br />Often the word “sharing” is substituted by “management”, becoming knowledge management and which implies a power relationship. This relationship is usually just another step on the continuum of north-south power.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><em>By Kathryn Pozak</em></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 8pt;"><em> </em></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2010/mula_001.jpg" alt="De caminos de mulas a la autopista de la información" style="margin: 5px;" height="285" width="450" border="0" /></p> SwissContact meets the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln in Ecuador 2010-07-27T03:24:46+00:00 2010-07-27T03:24:46+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/451-swisscontact-meets-the-vertical-shaft-brick-kiln-in-ecuador-8 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p>Sandra Gavilanez, from SwissContact Ecuador, Gina Galvez, from SwissContact Peru, co-director of the Clean Air Regional Program and Eduardo Idrovo, Environmental Quality Techinician from the Environmental Commision of the Municipality of Cuenca, Azuay Province, were very impressed by the energy saving possibilities of the brick kilns built by the EcoSur Network in Chambo through the project "Sustainable Ecological and Economical Production of Bricks"</p> <p>In Peru, the Clean Air Regional Program (PRAL) seeks that the organizations in charge of the air quality management, in Arequipa and Cusco, implement, through sustainable and replicable models, the objectives of the "To Clean the Air" program in the Peruvian national, regional and local environmental management framework.</p> <p>The Municipality of Cuenca carries out an improvement in the traditional brick kilns and soon, the traditional artisans and brick makers will be visiting Chambo to look at the eficiency and operation of the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img title="Estuardo Quispillo, from EcoSur Ecuador, explains how the HVC works to the SwissContact mission" style="margin: 5px;" alt="SwissContact meets the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln in Ecuador " src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/jul2010/cosude_chambo_001_sm.jpg" height="179" width="400" /></p> <p>Sandra Gavilanez, from SwissContact Ecuador, Gina Galvez, from SwissContact Peru, co-director of the Clean Air Regional Program and Eduardo Idrovo, Environmental Quality Techinician from the Environmental Commision of the Municipality of Cuenca, Azuay Province, were very impressed by the energy saving possibilities of the brick kilns built by the EcoSur Network in Chambo through the project "Sustainable Ecological and Economical Production of Bricks"</p> <p>In Peru, the Clean Air Regional Program (PRAL) seeks that the organizations in charge of the air quality management, in Arequipa and Cusco, implement, through sustainable and replicable models, the objectives of the "To Clean the Air" program in the Peruvian national, regional and local environmental management framework.</p> <p>The Municipality of Cuenca carries out an improvement in the traditional brick kilns and soon, the traditional artisans and brick makers will be visiting Chambo to look at the eficiency and operation of the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln (VSBK)</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img title="Estuardo Quispillo, from EcoSur Ecuador, explains how the HVC works to the SwissContact mission" style="margin: 5px;" alt="SwissContact meets the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln in Ecuador " src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/jul2010/cosude_chambo_001_sm.jpg" height="179" width="400" /></p> MIT mission visits EcoSur Nicaragua 2010-07-26T20:47:26+00:00 2010-07-26T20:47:26+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/450-mit-mission-visits-ecosur-nicaragua-7 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="MIT mission visits EcoSur Nicaragua" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/jul2010/joel_veenstra_003_sm.jpg" height="239" width="240" />Joel Veenstra, a young civil engineering student from the Massachussets Institute of Technologies, MIT, made a one week training in the offices of EcoSur in Nicaragua to learn everything about the FerroCement Panels (PFC) construction system. The knowledge from this training will be applied in construction projects in Kenya, Africa. <p>The PFC construction system allows to build a basic core shelter of 15 square meter in just 3 days. It is a very fast and effective emergency response construction system. The EcoSur network is setting up in Haiti a PFC and MicroConcrete Roofing tiles workshop to rebuild after the disaster. This workshop will also be used as a apprentice school for masonry students with the Dual Education system, already succesfully implemented in Nicaragua.</p> <img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="MIT mission visits EcoSur Nicaragua" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/jul2010/joel_veenstra_003_sm.jpg" height="239" width="240" />Joel Veenstra, a young civil engineering student from the Massachussets Institute of Technologies, MIT, made a one week training in the offices of EcoSur in Nicaragua to learn everything about the FerroCement Panels (PFC) construction system. The knowledge from this training will be applied in construction projects in Kenya, Africa. <p>The PFC construction system allows to build a basic core shelter of 15 square meter in just 3 days. It is a very fast and effective emergency response construction system. The EcoSur network is setting up in Haiti a PFC and MicroConcrete Roofing tiles workshop to rebuild after the disaster. This workshop will also be used as a apprentice school for masonry students with the Dual Education system, already succesfully implemented in Nicaragua.</p> "Fridolin" Workshop, supported through the "Südostschweiz" action, as well as DESWOS 2010-06-24T19:55:05+00:00 2010-06-24T19:55:05+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/449-qfridolinq-workshop-supported-through-the-qsuedostschweizq-action-as-well-as-deswos6 Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p style="text-align: right;">Proyecto Sofonias / EcoSur, Haití<br />Por Kurt Rhyner - 20 Junio 2010</p> <p><img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="nucleo_basico_ecosur_haiti" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/jun2010/nucleo_basico_ecosur_haiti.jpg" height="178" width="250" /></p> <p>Victor Granja from Nicaragua is in Liancourt since June 3 and has begun the education of six youths. With construction of the Workshop they will learn some basics of masonry as well as how to produce various construction materials. Later additional apprentices will be absorbed and&nbsp; work groups formed for production and construction. Victor, a young engineer from Nicaragua with experience in development and production, is backed up by an experienced mason as well as a „handyman“ who also serves as a translator from Spanish to Creole.</p> <p style="text-align: right;">Proyecto Sofonias / EcoSur, Haití<br />Por Kurt Rhyner - 20 Junio 2010</p> <p><img style="margin: 5px; float: right;" alt="nucleo_basico_ecosur_haiti" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/jun2010/nucleo_basico_ecosur_haiti.jpg" height="178" width="250" /></p> <p>Victor Granja from Nicaragua is in Liancourt since June 3 and has begun the education of six youths. With construction of the Workshop they will learn some basics of masonry as well as how to produce various construction materials. Later additional apprentices will be absorbed and&nbsp; work groups formed for production and construction. Victor, a young engineer from Nicaragua with experience in development and production, is backed up by an experienced mason as well as a „handyman“ who also serves as a translator from Spanish to Creole.</p>