I am at this very moment in the southernmost region of Siberia called the Altai.
I am here with a small group of natural builders who have volunteered three weeks
of our time to bring straw bale knowledge to this cold mountainous region. Our
hosts and partners, the non-profit group Fund for 21st Century Altai, invited us
to lead them in constructing a straw bale home at their new off-grid ecotourism center.
However, the cost of building materials in this fast-growing region has tripled during the
past year, and our hosts are finding themselves several hundred dollars short. We recently
learned that the roofing material cannot be purchased and installed soon unless together
we can raise $800. Please help by sending $50, $100, or whatever you can spare.
Everything we receive will go directly towards the completion of this building and the
ecotourism center. If we can raise an additional $1,000 to $5,000, they will be able
to add wind power generation on-site.
Please send your gift to Builders Without Borders via credit card as soon as possible so
that our bales and earthen plasters are well protected this winter. To donate, please
call the Builders Without Borders office at (505) 895-5400, or for more information visit
www.builderswithoutborders.org or email Derek Roff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be here
until August 26th. Please give today so that we can put the roofing material on before we leave!
P.S. We are writing this from a tent nestled against a rock cliff, facing the beautiful Chemal
River, surrounded by pine and birch forests. Our neighbors are Kazakh sheepherders living in
yurts. We just completed the foundation with the local masons and will begin the bale work today.
Thank you very much!
The Altai Team:
Jeff Ruppert, P. E.
Center for Safe Energy
I hope that together, we can provide the needed financial support to complete this exciting international project.
Director, Builders Without Borders