Last year Soles de Piedra built an earthen house for a family in Guatemala for $6,000.
It was a
beautiful success! There were volunteers
there from five different countries and the funds were donated by people from
the US, France and Mexico. Press play below to see the video.
This year we will bring together another volunteer team of international natural builders and local traditional earthen builders in Tilantongo, Nochixtlán, 110km NW of Oaxaca City, Mexico, in an effort to build a home for a local Mixteca family and regenerate forest to reduce erosion in the region.
Goals of this CampaignThe project begins the last week of January, will
take about 8 weeks to complete, and will cost almost $8000 US.
The build will be an adobe/cob structure, complete with a sleeping area, kitchenette, composting toilet and shower. The roof will be a traditional palm roof, created under the direction of Honorio, the father.
The second part of the campaign will be analyzing the land and then planting hundreds of native trees and plants in the effort to combat the massive erosion problem happening in Oaxaca.
involve volunteers from the US, Mexico, France and we hope a few others.
Also the local Mixtecas and architectural students from the University
of Mexico will join in the project.
Economics of this Campaign
We need to raise $7,860 in 60 days. We the Trees works on an all or nothing basis, so please help us make our goal and spread the word.
The Breakdown of the funds will be as follows:
· $1,200 for Honorio (the father) and Tigre (his son) to work with us for the duration of the project.
· Labor of local and international volunteers valued at $8,000 (donated by volunteers)
· $3,230 Housing and food for the volunteers and the family. (We will be sharing meals)
· $2,250 for building materials, this includes clay earth, lime, wood, sand and local palm leaves.
$1,175 for tools.
· The native trees and plants will be donated by The Center of Sustainable Development of the Mixteca AC.
· $7860 is the total budget.
If we raise more than the goal, the
excess will be used to purchase solar panels for the house.
The reason the total is different than what we are asking for on We the Trees is because we are fundraising outside of this site as well. With all our efforts combined we are sure we will make the goal set.
To see the updated total we have raised outside of We the Trees check out the facebook of Soles de Piedra.
The children’s walk to school will change from two hours to less than 10 minutes. The current commute makes consistent attendance almost impossible. Their education hinges on this project.
forest that starts to grow and flourish will breathe life back into the
highlands of Oaxaca. The
new forest will help stabilize the land, nourish the soil, reduce greenhouse
effect and support an increase of wildlife.
Who is involved
Pedro Pizzaro, who is an architect from Mexico City
CharlyCorenjo, who is a videographer and artist from Mexico City
David Gonzales who is a natural builder and project organizer from Detroit MI
FB: Soles De PiedraSeven Fires Foundation: (http://www.7fires.org/) is a U.S. based 501c3 with a parallel mission for the preservation of culture and ancient traditions. Formed by natural builder and philanthropist Tammy Van, it will serve as our fiscal sponsor and collect funds for the project, so your donation will be tax deductible in the U.S.
Center of Sustainable Development of the Mixteca AC:
Israel Cortes, Biologist and Director and creator of the Organization. Their mission is restoring the pride and cultural identity of the Mixteca people in Oaxaca.
A Special $50 Reward
This painting by Tatum Marcus was inspired by the project. Prints are now available to those contributing $50 or more! Tatum's other work can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LaFortuna1010.
Other Ways You Can Help...
Spread the word!
Tell your friends and families about what we are doing.
Support us on facebook, Soles De Piedra and the 7fires website.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org