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We’ve had several reports on Project Somos. This video is their May 2011 update. They’re doing outstanding work and I encourage readers to study their website and learn more about how they are building.

Compassion Fruit Society began construction of the eco-sustainable Project Somos Children’s Village near Tecpan, Guatemala. The Village will become the forever home to orphaned and abandoned children. The homes are being constructed using earthbag construction. Each home will have a professionally trained Guatemalan foster mother raising up to seven children.

Previous posts with details about their building system:
Plastering of the First Project Somos Earthbag House
Rate of Earthbag Wall Building
Somos Children’s Village
Interior Bottle Walls
Project Somos in Guatemala

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Somos Children’s Village

Somos Children’s Village


Somos Children’s Village: note the high quality workmanship

Somos Children’s Village: note the high quality workmanship


Project Somos is establishing a village for abandoned and orphaned children in Guatemala near the town of Tecpán. The Village will have seven homes with Guatemalan Foster Mothers raising a household of children. The family homes are being built using earthbag construction. This eco-sustainable Village will use alternative power, and will have organic agriculture & orchards. The Village is being designed in collaboration with an architectural intern from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala. Education, leadership and arts will be key focuses of The Children’s Village. The Village will work hand in hand with the local Guatemalan community. Project Somos is collaborating with Seres Centre to promote best practice sustainability learning and leadership throughout Guatemala.
Somos house design

Somos house design


There will be seven houses within the Village and each will be home to a Guatemalan Foster Mother and up to seven children. The homes were designed in collaboration with the Rhode Island School of Design. Each home will have four bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, eating area, pantry, garden and two washrooms. The bedrooms will be gender specific and will have up to three children in each, depending on their ages. The Mothers will maintain the homes and the children will participate with household and village chores. Daily family meals will take place in each home. The homes will be powered by alternative technology. Grey water will be recycled.

Source: Somos Children’s Village
Previous blog post about this project
(Be sure to read the comments on the previous post if you’re interested in the details. It took them 2-3 weeks to fill the bags of each house. That’s 150 linear meters per day with about 9 workers.)

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