Reviving Communities and Creating Beauty, Connection, and Employment

Young men and women who participate in the creation of adobe walls and pressed earth habitat gain skills that empower their employment.  Clayhands’ mission is to teach and share this earth-building knowledge and to build a future for more and more people.

Our main program is teaching, demonstrating, and utilizing earth construction techniques for communities in Colombia. We aim to become a center for these alternative construction activities in northern South America through building facilities for local communities, teaching community members green building and earth construction techniques, and communicating these transferable and lifelong skills to the people.  Adobe structures bring together generations to work on walls their ancestors built two hundred years before. Because the younger generation is crucial to the preservation and transmission of culture, Clayhands is working with rural towns to train young men and women in the traditional earth building skills. Through these programs, they learn marketable skills that can give them a career for life. They also gain and share a greater appreciation for their cultural heritage and the spirit of community necessary to its continuance. When the community supplies labor and the earth supplies the materials, a dwelling can be constructed with enough economy so that the family that lives there can be free from a slave-like dedication to mortgage payments that so many families live under. Their only debt is to the community and it can be paid by helping others to create their own adobe or earth-based constr

Our Building Projects

Muzo Project

In the lush green semi-tropical jungle of the Andes Mountains lies the Muzo Emerald Mine, the source of the world’s finest emeralds.

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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.

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Hogares Claret Meditation Hall

Our first project was the construction of a building for 110 male orphans, children living on the street,

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