Date: June 2012
Location: Las Cruces, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
What's Happening: Elementary school students in small Nicaraguan community sit atop hundreds of eco-bricks used to construct their future classroom.
The community came together to construct a classroom out of "eco-bricks", which are plastic bottles filled with clean, inorganic trash. The community expressed a need for a new classroom for their seventh graders as well as an interest in addressing environmental awareness. Three different communities participated in school-wide recycling contests and recycling campaigns over the course of about 6 weeks. Close to 2,000 "eco-bricks" were collected.
The local construction foreman who led the building aspect of the project passed away about 4 months after its completion. This type of building had never been constructed or even heard of in this part of the country. It was truly amazing to see this community/nearby communities work together to complete this project.