Permaculture in Peru

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  1. Pedro

    Pedro New Member

    May 24, 2003
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    Dear Earthling!

    I´m a peruvian man who´s developing several ecological projects in my country. We are trying to create an ecological consciousness that most Peruvians don´t have. One of our concerns is he ecological building. We have lots of adobe constructions here, but they aren´t made with a proper technic so they tend not to last many years. Most Peruvian can´t even afford to have an adobe house so we live in very cheap shelters made of what ever we can find, like cardboard, strawmats (not bales), triplay, etc. We know that building with adobe isn´t so expensive, but most people doesn´t know how it´s made or think it´s too expensive (or can´t afford it).

    Natural construction technics like cob, rammed earth, lime, wattle and daub, light clay, straw bales, etc aren´t practiced here because nobody knows about them. The group of young people I represent have received two books: “The Cobbers Companion” from Cob Cottage Company and “The Cob Builders Handbook” from Becky Bee (Groundworks).They have given us their books because they know about our projects and want to help us develop them.
    We have lots of hard time trying to raise founds and all of our expenses come from our pockets. We can´t afford to buy other books and we don´t even have credit cards, so that limits us even more. As you may know, Peru is a very poor country trying to come out of it´s poverty, but in this raise, people tend to forget about the ecology and put the progress before nature. We are trying to stop this.

    We have also made contact with Carol Steinfeld and received “The Composting System Book”. Peru´s sewage system is very primitive, everything goes to the sea unprocessed…And all the garbage is buried underground without recycling or taken concerns about its ecological impact.

    The education in our country is so bad that most people are analphabets and many schools are so deteriorate that the walls and roof falls down (many school students have died due to this kind of accidents). We have no decent librarys or bibliotecs.

    This letter is a cry for help. We don´t want money, we want to learn. We need books, tapes, files, videos, pictures, drawings, plans, links, anything that can help us achieve a better education. We aren´t looking for every kind of books and information right now, we need books about natural constructions, soils, roofs, site work, materials, foundations, drainage, plastering, how to build composting toilets in site, gray water treatment, shelters, natural and renewable energy like wind (windmills, turbines, pumps), water and sun (therms, kitchens, panels), permaculture, sustainable farming, etc. Anything you have that can help us will do. It could be second hand, fotocopies, or new, English, Spanish or Swedish. We need more sources so that we´ll progress in the right direction, the environmental friendly direction.

    Thank you very much for your time. If you can help with something, please answer this mail. My address is:

    Pedro Carrillo
    Junin 421, Miraflores
    Lima 18, Peru

    [email:2g014ib3][email protected][/email:2g014ib3]

    If you can´t help me, please forward this mail to all your contacts.

    We also need help finding institutions or organizations that have foundations or scholarships that could sponsor our projects. So, if you know who we could contact, it would be of a lot of help too. Thank you.


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