After years of planning, Graeme, Roger, Thomas are making inroads in their bid to allow an existing store of mud bricks to be authorised for use in public housing in Suva. The mud bricks currently cannot be used because they have not been tested and approved as safe; the team is searching for a way to get the bricks tested and then approved so that they can be accessed by local families to build one-story houses.
In a recent update, Graeme (co-founder of the Golden Oldies and project lead) humourously pointed out some of the team’s struggles, including delayed transport and 4am starts! But he also highlighted a number of recent ‘miracles’: government officials warming to the idea, and offers of assistance for testing and building expertise.
See more details about the project here.
Left side photo: from left to right Roger O’Callaghan, Archbishop Fereimi Cama, Thomas Mitchell, Rev Amy Chambers and Graeme Mitchell
Top right photo: Bishop Henry, Queenie, Tom Mitchell (from the Golden Oldies project) and Mine Manager, Benson at the mud quarry
Carrying sand to make the first test bricks