Training in cost-effective and disaster-resistant building and repair systems and technologies is provided to construction workers, small contractors, entrepreneurs and communities as a whole. This improves the quality of construction and saves scarce raw material as well as providing increased skills and improved wages to construction workers. Around 3,000 masons have been trained to date through more than 50 practice-based training programmes and many of them have become self-employed and run their own ventures. Their income has increased and they have a more reliable stream of work. The trained masons also act as trainers for others. A widely-used pocket guide series focusing on graphics, do’s and don’ts has been produced covering 12 different technologies.


National government, local government, NGO, academic/research, local community