Hogares Claret Meditation Hall
Our first project was the construction of a building for 110 male orphans, children living on the street, addicts, and alcoholics ages 9-17 undergoing rehabilitation at the Hogares Claret Foundation, an organization that offers therapeutic and wellness services to children, adolescents, and adults affected by marginalization, substance abuse, and violence. Clayhands constructed a meeting and meditation hall for Hogares Claret, which is used twice daily by 100+ kids during the boys’ 9-12 month rehabilitation program. Inaugurated in Nov.2016, the hall is one of several buildings in the compound where 110 boys undergo their housing and rehabilitation. The structure was constructed in the bahareque construction style, which is similar to adobe, consisting of clay and mud reinforced by canes and sticks. For this structure, all bamboo and mud used was locally sourced. Four boys were selected based on age and length of time at the foundation to be sent for outside training in adobe and pressed earth construction. Additionally, 30 young men participated in the building process and learned transferable skills that will be useful during their reintroduction into society.