Since 1998, Kleiwerks International has been:
● Teaching 15,926 people from more than 52 countries
● Sponsoring 191 educational programs in eight countries
● Building directly 53+ projects with and for local communities
● Collaborating with more than 60 talented design-build specialists
● Catalyzing four regional movements in Southeast Asia, South America, Turkey and the United States
● Training pioneers who have gone on to found educational centers, businesses and training programs in their countries, reaching hundreds of thousands of people to date
EXAMPLES OF HIGH IMPACT IN THAILAND
2001: Jon Jandai, who began his relationship with Kleiwerks International as a participant with some background in adobe building, became a co-instructor in no time, and then became the lead pioneer on earthen building, as well as Permaculture, in his country. Within two years of working with KI, he co-founded Pun Pun, one of Southeast Asia’s premiere sustainability education centers. Jon has been featured in national Thai media, including their version of The Oprah Show, Utne magazine, Ted Talks, and many others. He has presented before the Thai Association of Architects, works with farmer associations, and has reached hundreds of thousands of people in the past 10 years.
2002: The Assembly of the Poor sent three representatives to a 10-day Kleiwerks International natural building training. The following year, they facilitated the building of the first earthen village in the country, which became a vehicle to train and inspire tens of thousands of other dispossessed villagers to organize their own village planning and housing programs.
2003: Santi Asok hosted a Kleiwerks International training, then went on to incorporate the appropriate technologies they had learned into their movement’s self-reliance curriculum, which directly reaches 150,000 farmers per year at 18 different centers throughout the country.
EXAMPLES OF HIGH IMPACT IN ARGENTINA
2005: The Center for the Investigation, Development and Education of Permaculture (CIDEP) was founded by graduates and first-time facilitators of Kleiwerks International programs. CIDEP now trains thousands of people in natural building and appropriate technology skills. It is also replicating itself in other locations throughout Argentina and South America.
2004: Jorge Belanko, who had built a couple of adobe structures, helped to conduct a Kleiwerks International training. He then went on to make a movie, El Barro, Las Manos, Las Casa, that became the lead resource for natural building in the Spanish-speaking world. He now creates demonstration and research projects, and leads trainings for approximately 1,000 people per year. He has also done a lot to influence regional policy change.