Sustainable Housing India

12 – 26 February 2020

An opportunity for carpenters, builders,  handymen, tradies and labourers to join us in India to complete the final stages in the construction of our sustainable housing project in the remote tribal village of Jamnya. The project is a collaboration between organisations Satpuda Vikas Mandal, the Earth Institute in Tamil Nadu, Put Your Hands Together, and Giant Grass aimed at providing appropriate, quality sustainable technologies through building two teachers houses. By February the walls will be up, made from compressed earth bricks using locally sourced soil, and our task will be to construct the roof using treated bamboo and recycled tetra pack roofing.

By joining us, you will have the opportunity to live in a remote Indian village, experience daily village life, work alongside locals exploring sustainable alternatives to building and design and support a project bringing low carbon sustainable building technology to remote regions of India.

Draft Itinerary:

  • 12th Feb – Arrive Mumbai to spend the evening exploring this great metropolitan city.
  • 13th Feb – Spend the day with Put Your Hands Together to learn about their sustainable design and construction technologies in India. That evening we will travel by sleeper train to Bhusaval.
  • 14th Feb – Arrive Bhusaval in the early morning to be met by our partner organisation Satpuda Vikas Mandal who will take us on the 2 hour journey by car to Pal. Here we will have a meeting with partner organisations, check out the bamboo treatment tank and see the compressed earth brick press in action. Pal will be our base and where we will spend most nights travelling the 1.5 hours to Jamnya by 4WD.
  • 15th – 24th – Feb – In Jamnya constructing the roof of the teachers quarters, experiencing daily village life and exploring future opportunities with the local community.
  • 25th Feb – Depart Pal for Bhusaval to catch the overnight train back to Mumbai.
  • 26th Feb – Arrive Mumbai early morning. Say our goodbyes.

As the relationships deepen and our understanding of the region grows, there is an extraordinary opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Pal and Jamnya communities, to be welcomed and guided through a very different culture to our own. Stakeholders have identified environmental, social, health and political areas for our collective focus and research, and are supporting us in conversation and shared  networks to achieve sustainable growth and development in these villages.

We extend our thanks to DFAT and the Friendship Grants team for funding this project.