Provide and Model
Provide
When we provide someone a fish it won't be long before they are hungry again.  If we teach them how to fish they will be fed for a life time.  At Sheltereach we not only want to provide people with a house.   We also want to:
- model and teach building principles
- provide an understanding of building materials
- demonstrate how to transfer these building principles
- enable individuals to build strong DIY structures themselves
Being able to Provide Model and Teach
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Model
A classroom situation is not always the most effective for teaching these principles.  By far the best is seeing and doing.  Practical demonstrations can be embedded into the building systems that are provided.  We have seen the effectiveness of this in post disaster situations where the introduction of knee bracing was replicated in unrelated indigenous structures. This shows that the modelling of these concepts were understood and transferred into local building culture.