Reviving Chanares’ Brick-Making Factory
Clayhands will resurrect an adobe brick-making factory in the small town of Chanares, a settlement of 50 people, near Borbur in the valley of the Minero River, Central Colombia. This small factory, abandoned for 50 years, is made of adobe, and at 100 years old is still standing. Local residents have forgotten the techniques of adobe and earth construction, and are now living in cement houses or bamboo shelters. Chanares itself has gone through significant population decline in recent years. Clayhands will use a combination of volunteers and locals to revitalize the use of earth-based construction in the region, rebuilding the adobe brick factory and teaching lifelong, impactful skills to participants.