Brickmaking Project 2019

Last year Shine purchased two hydro form brick presses which have now arrived on the ground. We have allocated an area at Shine Village and the fencing has been erected to keep the area secure.

In February funds were sent to buy the cement and other materials needed to begin the process of making the first bricks!

The need for good building materials is so great, with many people building using mud bricks which are not even fired due to the cost of the wood needed.

We estimate a large hydro form brick would cost 72p and a simple home would require around 100. £70 could buy all the bricks needed. A donation towards this project will help Shine build more bricks to support people in our area as they rebuild their homes which will last the ever-changing climate. 

Sadly in March floods hit the Southern regions of Malawi and Kuntumanji, with a population of 72,000 people, saw many homes destroyed.

The rains didn’t stop for four days solid – it was the start of Cyclone Idai which went on to destroy communities across Southern Malawi and Mozambique. Rains were still impacting the region a week later as the cyclone hit Zimbabwe.

Taking responsibility: Mel Evans, a climate campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said the recent storms caused by Cyclone Idai was further proof that the people least responsible for the climate crisis were suffering the most. “The average CO2 emissions of a citizen of Mozambique, Malawi or Zimbabwe is a tiny fraction of a European’s or an American’s. The people who have done the least to cause climate change are at the front of the queue to receive its impacts and have far fewer resources to prepare for the storm or repair the damage.” Evans said the disaster should be a wake-up call to governments everywhere to urgently deliver on their climate goals.

We can play our part.

Once the rains stop Shine will get the brickmaking process underway.  The composition and method of brick making used will mean that all that will be needed to finish the bricks is a good dose of  SUNSHINE! This will dry the bricks and make them incredibly strong. As we know Malawi has no shortage of sun!! The more bricks we can make the more will be used in the rebuilding of homes in the local area.

homes impacted by strong rains across our region

How hydro form bricks can be used