By Casey Callais 10/28/2016 — For those of you who are following the progress of our superadobe school construction in El Jicarito, Nicaragua, this update will come as good news. The footings of the elementary school building have been finished and the first half of the columns have been poured.
We couldn’t have done it without the help of our neighboring communities coming out to work in solidarity with El Jicarito. People from Pedro Arauz, Miraluz and El Triunfo have all pitched in and have promised support through the rest of the project.
We have also been doing tests on material for stuffing the super adobe sacks. We are currently testing adobe blocks made the traditional way to measure their strength and durability. We have some good prospects from a locally sourced brown dirt and a hard-as-a-rock grey sandy loam that also looks promising.
One thing that is worth mentioning is that every time Sergio and I go out to the communities it never fails that the kids ask about when the next work group is coming. The answer is always the same…not until next year. But that doesn’t stop them from hoping. If you haven’t yet been on a SOL work group you are missing out on an amazing experience. Contact us to find out more.
We are posting regular updates about the project as construction continues. In the meantime we are offering an amazing deal for people who are interested in this project. Donate to help buy whiteboards, desks, computers, etc. and receive Knitknot’s architectural plans, Precision Structural Engineering’s structural design (compliant with the 2012 International Building Code), Seeds of Learning’s complete construction report AND a 2-hour phone call with the Seeds of Learning team. This is ideal for anyone who is interested in building their own superadobe project and the money goes to cover school supplies and resources.