Building of the Children’s Village


On the ground progress from the beginning in 2011 to now, February 2013. A generous donor purchased this stunning property for the Project Somos Children’s Village in December 2010. In February 2011 Founders; Greg Kemp and Heather Knox moved from Vancouver, Canada to Guatemala to begin construction of the Village. Take a quick trip with us on this amazing journey through these images.


10 Responses

  1. Norma says:

    You are making great progress with the homes. What are you living in while you are building?
    Blessings and good luck for continued success.

  2. We actually rent a house with an office about 8km from the site. Thanks for your support!

  3. Maureen says:

    I would like to understand more. What will happen if kids or others pick at and tear holes in the plastic bags? Also what is the function of the plastic bottles? I like that you are recycling them but is there another reason?

    • Hi Maureen,
      The bottles actually become the “bricks” of the internal walls. Besides getting the garbage off the streets, they provide the internal structure, are free and engage the locals. The bottles actually get covered over with plaster. We will add more photos with this completed so that you an see it!

  4. Georgie says:

    Fabulous opportunity for everyone! Even for those of us just following your progress. Thank you! Sending love…Georgie

  5. Lorena Battistel says:

    We’re curious to know what will keep the plastic on the earthbags from breaking down from the ultra violet rays from the sun? Platic usually becomes hard and brittle once exposed to sun.
    Amazed at what you guys are accomplishing there, and anxious to follow along and to see the t.v. show once airing.
    Love, Lorena

  6. Heather Alicia says:

    Hi Lorena,
    Re: the earthbags-it actually doesn’t matter if the bag stays together or not. In fact, some people burn it away before plastering. Once the bags are compacted and they dry, they harden and become the form. The chicken wire and plaster also help hold it all together.
    Thanks for following along and for your question.

  7. We are very interested in the earthbag construction method you are using on the project. My partner Joy and I are leading a local team in the construction of an elementary school for eighty children, community clinic and maestro’s residence in the coastal mountains near Candelaria Loxicha, Oaxaca, Mexico. We have similiar geographical concerns, ie earthquake resistance, sea salt degredation and hurricane level winds, along with building material logistics and transportation. Can you direct us to more info on this construction method? Gracias… and best wishes and karmic hugs for what you are working towards!

  8. Greg Kemp says:

    Hello Spike, I hope this finds you well and happy.
    Earthbag construction, after extensive research was the best choice for us. And now after building four buildings, it is confirmed- it is just awesome.
    One of the best resources is CalEarth Institute in California, near LA

    Another resource is Owen Geiger’s site –

    A great book –

    Perhaps you may have an opportunity to visit us sometime? You are welcome..


  9. Kathy Molloy says:

    Heather and Greg, I’m enjoying reading about the children’s village and learning about the sustainable development. I’m in another community in sacatepequez and am searching for information on solar heating. Can you send me some good contacts. I’m interested in more do it yourself low cost projects that can be done by the individual families. Or is there support and funding for larger more costly installations. As you know the problem of cutting down so many trees for cooking with wood is a problem all across Guatemala. I hope to find a way of helping people here make the transition without so much investment. Who in Guatemala is very involved with solar energy? Thank you for any info you can pass on and I hope to visit the children’s village in January . It’s wonderful how much you and the families have already accomplished. The children look so happy in their new and beautiful environment. Buena suerte con todo. .Hasta pronto , Kathy

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