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Building the Retaining Wall

Construction of the retaining wall in our Compala, Guatemala community is coming along nicely thanks to the support of Adventure Life and their awesome grant program.  We're 10 courses high on our way to 20!  In the photos you only see about five courses because the rest are buried underground. We've just received a group of students from George Washington University here this week and they're going gangbusters. I'm not sure these pictures do justice to the scope if this project!

The wall begins with volunteers!
The wall begins with volunteers! (Elizabeth Rose)


Construction of the trench
Construction of the trench (Elizabeth Rose)


The "pinchazos" are essentially tire-changing places and they are where we collect the donated used tires.
 
We're also proud to announce that we now have ten full-time Guatemalan green builders. Ranging in age from 18 to 35, this group of locals work onsite Monday through Friday, 7am to 4pm.
Our grant funded two local workers for the project
Our grant funded two local workers for the project (Elizabeth Rose)

They work on all aspects of construction, from pounding tires to creating elaborate designs in our plaster finishes. The key to spreading this method is community buy-in; thanks to the generosity of folks like you, we're able to contribute to education and employment in Comalapa!

carefully leveling the wall
carefully leveling the wall (Elizabeth Rose)


UPDATE! Here is the finished wall:

Construction of the retaining wall
Construction of the retaining wall (Elizabeth Rose)


Thank you to the Adventure Life grant program!

 

 

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