Here’s a shout out to all those high school and uni gals and guys who worked so diligently this spring on construction projects in Tecuanípan! We’d like to share with you how far things have come since your visits to Cholula.
Baño Seco (Dry Composting Toilet)
I agree, the names above aren’t the most attractive advertisement for this type of green latrine. But I can assure you that our prototype is. The cob (mud, hay, clay) walls were erected long ago around the avocado tree, a bamboo roof attached on top. Recent volunteers plastered the walls, smoothed them, and covered them with homemade paint. Since then, tires have been fixed around tree branches to prevent water leakage, the roof has been plastered, and coats of our own waterproofing sealant (boiled alumbre rock, salt, soap) have been applied on top of that. Getting ready for final work on the interior, and then the bathroom’s long-awaited inauguration! Here are the pictures!
Video: The Dry Composting Toilet – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgdViLF_wu4
After-School Education Program
Luckily, the school building project took off faster than anticipated this spring. After students helped break ground for the classroom, local stoneworkers were hired to build the foundation. Blue prints have been drawn up, and our team is currently involved in fine-tuning design-oriented plans. In addition we have begun work on the north wall; onward and upward with cob.
Video: What is Cob? The School Building – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX6grL2Euks