In India in October, I was at an International Round Square Conference, (Youth at schools worldwide who want to make a difference) where I made friends with some of the Peruvians from Markham College in Lima. They are involved with service projects to help those left destitute and education-less by the earthquake.
In the town of Chincha, more than 300 schools were destroyed. Other Aid groups have managed to re-construct only 4. People are still homeless.
I am looking at a way to use recyclable materials to create building materials that can withstand environmental factors and work towards reducing accumulating waste in Uruguay. Eventually if it all works!?... I plan to employ unemployed local woman to help me in my efforts. So Step 1 of my idea is to make tarpaulins out of plastic shopping bags [by ironing them together] that can be used to create makeshift shelters... see link below. More news as I get further down the road! http://www.vestaldesign.com/blog/category/vestal/page/2
Other links that have been very useful to me [Many Thanks!!!] are : http://www.instructables.com/id/Plastic-Bag-Fabric!/ http://www.instructables.com/id/Welding-plastic-bags/