|BASIN - News No. 10 July 1995: Reconstruction and Resettlement (Building Advisory Service and Information Network, 1995)|
Early 1992, a set of old and redundant machines and moulds for the production of hollow concrete blocks, pumice bricks, concrete curb stones, pipes and slabs were collected and rehabilitated for new use, as an initiative of WAS. These machines and moulds were to be discarded as scrap, in order to regain workshop space at a building contractors firm. About the same time, WAS received an enquiry from PROGRESO, a nongovernmental organization in EI Salvador, which is involved in low-Income housing and resettlement of refugees and displaced persons in EI Salvador. They asked for possibilities of locating used building materials producing equipment for their programme.
After the machines and moulds were derusted and restored to full use by a German metalwork training centre, Aus-bildungsverbund Metall (AVM), a nonprofit organization with which WAS/GATE has been in contact for many years, and which is dedicated to training young people as well as long-term unemployed persons, they were shipped to EI Salvador and handed over to PROGRESO for use in a building materials co-operative in Agua Caliente, near Suchitoto. There the equipment is now being used by a group of young people actively producing hollow concrete blocks, pumice bricks, pipes, etc, as can be seen from the photos.
The pumice brick press (above) was shown in BASIN NEWS No. 9 how it looked before rehabilitation. It is a beautifully made and robust machine, manufactured in Germany in 1910. The concrete block press (left), which was also manufactured in our country, dates back to 1948. The rehabilitated equipment is now fully operational, can easily be maintained by the co-operative in EI Salvador and will be producing good quality building materials for refugee settlements for many years to come.
WAS/BASIN at GATE/GTZ