As winter approaches we have buttoned up the exterior of the Compressed Earth Block (CEB) home currently under construction for Paul Shields and his family. The roof is on and the exterior walls are stuccoed. The windows and doors are all framed and set. It is now time to turn these four walls and a roof into a proper home for the Shields family! With your support, we can do this for a deserving family in need.
In partnership with Lakota Solar Enterprises, we have framed the interior walls but before they can be finished we will need to run all the electrical wiring which will not only provide lighting but also heat. To continue finishing the interior, it is imperative to have a warm space so that we can continue working through the winter. This home is already inspiring many people on the Pine Ridge Reservation to think differently about housing possibilities and is proving to be a way to expand their economy as all block for the CEB are made on the site from locally sourced materials.
“Building our own homes with renewable energy, I believe we can build our economy,” says Red Cloud, founder of Lakota Solar Enterprises (LSE) and a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. “We’re building awareness around this.”
As Henry said, we hope that through this home building, we can show people the many possibilities of Earth Block construction. With your help we will not only house a Lakota family but also open the door to more sustainable construction on the reservation. Please consider donating to help us finish this home!
"We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men." ~Herman Melville
It has been humbling to see so many people, from many walks of life, coming together to help build a new home for the Shields family. With a diversity of hands and hearts working to make this house a home, we are reminded how lucky we are to have such a generous community of supporters creating dignified housing for a family in need.
Over the past few weeks, we have seen rapid progress in the construction of the compressed earth block (CEB) home for the Shields family. Our dedicated crew, led by Assistant National Director, John Motley, EARTHinBLOCK, and Lakota Solar Enterprises, has been working hard to get the home buttoned up before the winter hits. Along with many volunteer groups from around the country, they have all the walls up, doors and windows installed, radiant floor heating, and insulation on the walls. In addition, they started constructing the roof, with metal finish to follow.
Finish the roof
Stucco the outside
Get the interior walls up
Install electric and water
Dry wall the ceiling and interior
We are past the half way mark of our fundraising goal. In order to finish the Shields' home, we need to reach our fundraising goal of $10,000. Can you share this project with your friends and family and ask them to make a donation?
Thank you for your generosity! Stay tuned for more updates.
We are excited to report that the first compressed earth blocks have been set and the walls are now rising at Paul Shield's new CEB home! The weather has been beautiful at Pine Ridge and we have a great group of 15 high school volunteers from Aurora, Colorado helping us on this new (and most exciting!) phase of the construction process. We also have the Lakota Solar Enterprise crew and our partners at EARTHinBLOCK assisting on-site. What an incredible group of people that have come together to make a house a home!
Yesterday, Paul had the honor of laying the very first brick of his new home, a life-chaning moment for he and his family. In fact, Paul has been involved every step of the way, putting a huge amount of sweat equity into his new home. I can tell you, they are blessed and humbled by the outpouring of support.
Leveling the interior floors and pouring the floor slab by this Friday
Installing solar powered radiant floor heating - clean, free energy from Mother Nature!
Installing windows and doors
We are very grateful for your support. We would not be able to complete this new home without your generosity! Please consider sharing this project with your friends and family so we can meet our fundraising goal by the end of the year.
Mitakuye Oyasin (We are all related),
Richard W. FoxExecutive DirectorTrees, Water & People
P.S. More updates to come soon, so stay tuned. Until then, please consider a donation to help us meet our fundraising goal of $10,000!
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