Wednesday, June 11, 2008

China Earthquake Relief Initiative

I am sure everyone has heard about the earthquake in China that happened awhile back. The Mountain Institute has several offices throughout China, and the China Program is asking for support to aid in the recovery. The statistics are extraordinary...80,000 people missing or dead, 5-7 million homeless, 14 million affected. The China Program is specifically asking for support to purchase FASTBLOCK machines and train locals to use them.

The FASTBLOCK machine, originally designed by the late Jim Underwood, uses dirt, a little concrete, water, a whole lot of pressure to create rammed earth blocks. These blocks are being used all around the world to build low-cost housing. One of the dorms at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center is made of these rammed-earth blocks.

Click here to learn more about the FASTBLOCK machine and donate to help those in need.

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