Sacred Earth Trust (SET) is an NGO based in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India working on sustainable development in Sacred sites, headed by Lillian Sum. The main focus has been on developing environmental education through practical eco solutions.
“My name is Cheikh Pape Cissé, I am a former Peace Corps volunteer and now a community developer in Illinois. I first got interested in earthbag building in 2009 when I was researching ways to build a home for low cost.
We exist to provide the rare, yet vital service of demonstrating alternative lifestyle modalities. It is estimated that if everyone on the planet (7+ billion) consumed products at the same rate as the United States (300+ million), then we would need 6-7 more planet Earths.
“Back in 2012, our co-founder Jamie sought to build a school in Malawi using conventional western building techniques. After lots of research, he soon discovered that this would prove too costly. It was then that he came across the earthbag building system.
“The earthbag school we’re building is a 1,065 sq. ft. facility that will meet the needs of a small community in Juticalpa, Honduras.
We’ve published several blog posts about earthbag houses in Malawai over the years. The big news in this most recent story is an NGO has created a fund for ongoing construction of earthbag houses in flood prone areas. They’ve realized a certain number of houses built of light weight materials are destroyed every year by floods, so now they have created a fund to rebuild some of them with earthbags.