Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?
Krishna is exploring all aspects of helping to make his village sustainable, which
will then allow the village to absorb social ills - disease, joblessness, family problems, among others – and provides shelter, services and work for those he serves. Women, children, and the environment at large are undoubtedly his core focus.
Our project is critical because the Foundation at large, of which this new development project is a core component, provides a sense of belonging for otherwise ostracized Nepalese. The village is a place for them to work inwardly, and outwardly at creating positive change in their lives, and to contribute to the betterment of their neighbors while doing so.
Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!
Although other submissions include building with waste, this building technique is unique in that it combines energy intensive, environmentally degrading goods (glass in country where recycling is scarce, and paper in a world losing trees by the millions), with the rawest materials, most plentiful and replenishing materials in Kathmandu (dirt, straw and bamboo). Hence, environmental needs are addressed throughly, and in a unique manner. Bamboo grows very quickly, and when grown and harvested in responsible ways and transported minimal distances it is one of the "greenest" building materials available. The organization's founder, Krishna, used a bamboo construction specialist for his first build, and it is his hope to train others in the same way. If scaled up in quantitative ways, our project could create an entire local, micro-industry of bamboo production and supply. Glass bottles, usually littered or ending up in landfills, serve as the primary building mass. By lining them like bricks, staggered and layered, they offer strength and beauty. And the earthen plaster brings it all together. Made from dirt, clay, sand, straw and shredded paper, this mixture is applied in between layers of glass bottles. The last way in which this project perfectly aligns with the mission of this competition, is that it is an all-encompassing, socially uplifting initiative. We intentionally cater to the needs of those without a voice, and by including them in this project and the other healing mechanisms Krishna has built, the community at large is greatly served.