Edition 37 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37 Thu, 19 Jul 2018 12:52:59 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb paulcoyote@gmail.com (EcoSur: Concrete Roof Tiles, puzolanic cement, earth houses, ecomaterials) Home Improvement in Brasil http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/461-home-improvement-in-brasil18 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/461-home-improvement-in-brasil18 Mejorando la casa en Brasil

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.

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Mon, 06 Dec 2010 20:38:17 +0000
Clay bricks with neutral carbon emissions http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/460-clay-bricks-with-neutral-carbon-emissions17 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/460-clay-bricks-with-neutral-carbon-emissions17 hvc_5_chambo

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.

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 01:42:30 +0000
Micro-Concrete Roofing tiles: a School for Life. http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/459-micro-concrete-roofing-tiles-a-school-for-life16 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/459-micro-concrete-roofing-tiles-a-school-for-life16 La Teja de MicroConcreto: Una Escuela para la vida

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 & sales.

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 01:34:35 +0000
School renovations in the north of Nicaragua. http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/458-school-renovations-in-the-north-of-nicaragua-15 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/458-school-renovations-in-the-north-of-nicaragua-15 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.

Escuelas en el norte de Nicaragua

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 03:36:29 +0000
Rebuilding schools in Haiti http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/457-rebuilding-schools-in-haiti14 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/457-rebuilding-schools-in-haiti14 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.
This sudden increase in population has put great pressure on the public service systems, including education.

Reconstruyendo casas en Haití

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Sat, 09 Oct 2010 01:03:15 +0000
Dry Toilets in rural area of Ecuador http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/456-dry-toilets-in-rural-area-of-ecuador13 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/456-dry-toilets-in-rural-area-of-ecuador13

Inodoros Secos en zona rural de Ecuador

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 01:38:14 +0000
Dry Toilets in El Salvador http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/455-dry-toilets-in-el-salvador12 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/455-dry-toilets-in-el-salvador12 inodoro_seco_salvadorThrough 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.

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.

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Thu, 26 Aug 2010 00:44:43 +0000
Knowledge in the hands of the people http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/454-knowledge-in-the-hands-of-the-people-11 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/454-knowledge-in-the-hands-of-the-people-11 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:
  • Knowledge must be available in a free manner
  • The tools to develop and apply that knowledge must be available in the local language
  • People must be able to modify and inprove that knowledge as they needed
  • Any modification or improvement to that knowledge must be returned to the community
paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 02:25:09 +0000
Strenght test to the FerroCement Panels http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/453-strenght-test-to-the-ferrocement-panels10 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/453-strenght-test-to-the-ferrocement-panels10 Panels of  Ferro Cement  (PFC) have been used by EcoTec in Nicaragua since 1991, when the Cuban EcoSur partner CECAT intorduced them.  The system had been developped by Dr. Hugo Wainsthok who in earlier years had built large fisherboats in ferrocement and in 1984  built a series of two-storey houses with panels in Cuba.

Los Paneles de FerroCemento se han usa

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Wed, 25 Aug 2010 00:52:54 +0000
From mule trails to the electronic highway http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/452-from-mule-trails-to-the-electronic-highway-9 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/452-from-mule-trails-to-the-electronic-highway-9 A revolutionary decade for south-south knowledge sharing

Sharing implies having something to share and not being afraid to share it, a give and take.
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.

By Kathryn Pozak

De caminos de mulas a la autopista de la información

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 21:41:02 +0000
SwissContact meets the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln in Ecuador http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/451-swisscontact-meets-the-vertical-shaft-brick-kiln-in-ecuador-8 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/451-swisscontact-meets-the-vertical-shaft-brick-kiln-in-ecuador-8 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"

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.

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)

SwissContact meets the Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln in Ecuador

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 03:24:46 +0000
MIT mission visits EcoSur Nicaragua http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/450-mit-mission-visits-ecosur-nicaragua-7 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/450-mit-mission-visits-ecosur-nicaragua-7 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.

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.

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Mon, 26 Jul 2010 20:47:26 +0000
"Fridolin" Workshop, supported through the "Südostschweiz" action, as well as DESWOS http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/449-qfridolinq-workshop-supported-through-the-qsuedostschweizq-action-as-well-as-deswos6 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/edition-37/449-qfridolinq-workshop-supported-through-the-qsuedostschweizq-action-as-well-as-deswos6 Proyecto Sofonias / EcoSur, Haití
Por Kurt Rhyner - 20 Junio 2010


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  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.

paulmoreno@gmail.com (Administrator) Edition 37 - December 2010 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 19:55:05 +0000