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Helping Filipinos help themselves build better housing

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Miguelangel Beauchamp


While in the Philippines I was struck by the natural wonders of the land and the friendliness of its people. I was also touched by the abject poverty that almost 25% of the people live in. There are no government programs that I am aware of that will help them. However, I believe that we can make a difference in their lives by providing a way for the Filipino people to help themselves. They are very talented and intelligent and learn quickly. They are knowledgeable in the construction of basic homes using cement blocks but the cost of this method of construction is expensive in their economy, so the poor build using whatever is available: wood scrap, old metal signs, corrugated metal sheets, etc.

I would like to teach them to utilize the skills they already have in construction but using 100% site resourcing, i.e. dirt, using a hand press so they can make bricks that rival the cement blocks already in use but at a far lower price. I want to travel around the Philippines to the local baranguay (municipalities) and local church leaders and have classes on utilizing this and other green construction methods, donating a hand press that they can then copy and duplicate at a local machinist shop.

I would also like to build homes at some of these select locations to be donated to the poor to act as model homes.

Together we can make a difference in their lives.



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