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-> Fwd: Straw Bale Building in Egypt
     by billc_lists@...


Date: 29 Nov 2002 03:59:06 -0600
From: billc_lists@...
Subject: Fwd: Straw Bale Building in Egypt

Hi folks,

I received this email the other day.  Hope someone out there will 
have some specific suggestions for Jill. I've already sent her a 
standard set of resources that we regularly use to reply to people - 
books, discussion lists, the Registry, The Last Straw, etc.  Also 
told her a little about ADRA's work in China.

The particularly intriguing bit is the part about organizing a trip 
to visit SB construction sites.  Too bad I hadn't gotten this a few 
weeks earlier, or I'd have pointed them to the Straw Wolf's 
Corroboree in Waga Waga next week.

The more difficult part, as is often the case, is the financial 
assistance request.  I don't have any answers there.

If something gets going in Egypt, I suggest that we include her in 
the GSBN discussions.

>Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 03:50:44 -0800 (PST)
>From: Jill Schnoebelen jill_schnoebelen@...
>Reply-To: jill.schnoebelen@...
>Subject: Straw Bale Building in Egypt
>To: jill.schnoebelen@...
>My name is Jill Schnoebelen and I am the Egypt representative of an 
>American-based NGO called HORIZON International 
>(<http://www.solutions-site.org/>www.solutions-site.org).  In that 
>capacity, I am cooperating with the Arab Environment Association to 
>introduce straw bale building technology and knowledge to Egypt.
>Egypt has a grave air pollution problem, particularly in the fall 
>when a eblack cloudi descends and makes air conditions extremely 
>unhealthy.  In large part this is due to the burning of rice straw 
>in fields as a method of green waste disposal.  90% is burned, as it 
>is the cheapest and easiest option for farmers and since there is 
>next to no demand for the rice straw.
>As Iim sure youire aware, straw bale building is a positive on its 
>own, but in Egyptis case, there is the added benefit of alleviating 
>a severe pollution problem.  In addition to the general advantages 
>of straw bale building, this is a particularly attractive 
>alternative for Egypt as there is a lack of locally produced 
>building materials, a need for low-cost housing options, and a 
>desire for an environmental-friendly use of the straw.  There is 
>great potential in this solution for job creation, possible export 
>opportunities, community projects, and a boost in the local economy. 
>Studies have even shown that the recycling of green waste is more 
>valuable than the harvest itself.
>The Egyptian Ministry of Environment and of Construction, the 
>governor of Alexandria, the Chamber of Commerce, National Center of 
>Science and Research, the Academy of Mubarak, and the Academy of 
>Science are among the entities that have expressed support of our 
>I write to you to request assistance in whatever way you can offer. 
>Any expertise, knowledge, best practices or recommendations are 
>greatly welcomed.  We would like to organize a trip for the Arab 
>Environment Association to visit straw bale building construction 
>sites to learn first-hand the details and methods.  We have 
>information available on paper, but gaining experience with seasoned 
>builders would be optimal to heighten our abilities and confidence 
>here and ensure success.
>We are also looking for assistance in financing this project.  The 
>project, which will be a major step toward a sustainable future for 
>Egypt, would be self-sustaining once it gets off the ground.  If 
>there are funds available through your organization, or if you are 
>aware of possible funding sources, that information would be greatly 
>The effort to apply this technology is important for eliminating a 
>significant cause of air pollution and the eblack cloud.i  The 
>introduction of straw bale building in Egypt will positively impact 
>the people, the environment, and the economy.  I hope that you are 
>willing to join us in this endeavor!
>Thank you and I look forward to working together!
>Take care,
>Jill Schnoebelen
>HORIZON International, 91 Al Hussein St. #43, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt
>HORIZON is an American-based organization working to improve 
>conditions throughout the world.  Representatives in over 70 
>countries share information of successful development projects, 
>write case studies, and collaborate to encourage new endeavors. 
>HORIZON works in urban and rural settings to solve all types of 
>development problems.  Activities span many sectors, including 
>environment, biodiversity, population, waste management, and health. 
>Please visit our website at 
><http://www.solutions-site.org/>www.solutions-site.org for more 

- -- 
Bill Christensen

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