BENEFIT FOR THE PUEBLO PROJECT
Creating Safe Housing in Rural Central America
On October 18, 2017 from 6pm – 9pm at Next Stage Arts in Putney,
The Pueblo Project will host a benefit auction, raffle and community get-together.
Guests will enjoy appetizers, desserts, and hot and cold beverages while hearing about the Project’s progress to-date and plans for 2018. Wine by the glass will be available for purchase. A silent auction will feature several donated services as well as nearly 30 crafted items, books, and pieces of art, including a steel mesh sculpture by Eric Boyer, photos by portrait and documentary photographers John Willis, Torie Olson, and Brendan Bullock, a print by treescape artist Tim Allen, and a charcoal drawing by wildlife painter Susan Brearey.
Admission is $20/person and directly supports the Pueblo Project. Additionally, tax deductible donations to the Pueblo Project can be made by check payable to “Way of Compassion Foundation.” Please write ”The Pueblo Project” in the memo line and mail the check to Way of Compassion 340 S. 2nd St., Carbondale, CO 81623.
About the Pueblo Project:
Throughout rural Central America, intergenerational poverty and poor-to-nonexistent infrastructure force millions of families to live in unsafe housing built on-the-fly from adobe and mud. Adobe and mud are themselves reliable (and free and potentially beautiful) materials with which to build. But given Central America’s frequent seismic activity, inexpertly made adobe houses can collapse catastrophically.
Town by town and neighborhood by neighborhood, the Pueblo Project’s building team teach people in rural communities of Central America how to use the materials with which they are familiar to build more earthquake-resistant housing and to create improvements to existing homes. For example, properly sized lintels above doorways and windows, adequate foundations that bring earthen walls up off the ground, buttressing to offer upright wall support, and earthen plasters, improved cookstoves, composting toilets and built-in furniture can make all the difference to create a home that is a safer and healthier environment.
Most of the Pueblo Project’s builders and volunteers are women, and they gear their teaching efforts in Central America primarily towards women and youth. Working with the Project, students gain marketable skills and help educate their communities.