We have recently arrived back from the Ban Na Luang school building project which goes according to plan. Hopefully the whole building will be done by the end of February (if we manage to find the last group of volunteers).
Approaching the start of 2012 equals planning for new building projects in Laos! We are currently planning on building a house which has an opportunity to generate alternative income to a village in the Luang Prabang province autumn 2012. The idea is to build a clay eco-lodge to be used and rented to smaller groups of visitors with an interest in sustainable tourism accompanied by well-trained guides. Since the tourism in Laos is increasing dramatically, as well as many of them are interested in enjoying a sustainable holiday, the timing seams very good. The eco-lodge will be completely owned by the village and all accommodations fees will go 100% to the village.
The clay eco-lodge will provide the village with a facility that will generate cash income as well as labor opportunities for years to come. During the construction process we will transfer knowledge in building with earthen materials to the villagers as we work alongside in the project. This will create opportunities for them to build their own eco-friendly and cost effective houses. The pictures below shows our model. Thank you Carl Svahnström for your creative illustrations.
We already have one group interested in helping out November 2012. Do you have any suggestions on improvements in this project or other inputs that you would like to share with us?
1. The village today
The main source of food is generated through rice cultivation.The village has limited alternatives sources of income.
2. During the construction
World Volunteer in cooperation with volunteers constructs the ECO lodge. External funds will be raised by World Volunteer to cover the cost for external materials. Building expertise from World Volunteer will be surveying the process. The villagers will help and learn during the construction process.
3. Project social output
Small tourist groups are able to stay in the village which will generate labor opportunities and direct income to the villagethrough a village fund. Know-how and experience in how to build and maintain a clay house will be transferred to the villagers in the second and third phase.