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Michael ReynoldsBy Michael Reynolds
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Michael ReynoldsBy Michael Reynolds
First created
$14,705
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
172
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 6 2013

About

Through our technological advancements we have created a better world for many. Because of this we sometimes overlook the simple things that bless our every day lives:

  • Running water
  • Electricity
  • Shelter
  • An abundance of food 

With these basic fundamentals unconditionally present in the Western world, we have eliminated the need to think about basic survival.

To create this freedom for others, we asked this question:

Earthship Biotecture presents a unique solution to this question. Over 40 years of engineering experience has gone into creating a new design that is optimized for third world countries. The result is the Flower design: a self-reliant community center complete with a school, library, bank, administration offices, medical center, and food store.

Earthships are 100% off-the-grid structures that use modern engineering to work with the natural processes of the planet to provide automated generation of food, water and energy, all at zero cost to its inhabitants.

Until now, Earthship models have been primarily built for private use with resources that are out of reach for the communities that need them most. This changes today.

The new Earthship Flower design is a revolutionary solution for empowering entire communities in the search for self-reliance.

We are on a mission to bring this flower Earthship design to Malawi Africa this October 7th - 18th.  Our goal is to fund the initial stages of the flower design and teach the people of Malawi to build their own flower Earthships; an integral step to self-reliance, and to bring 50 of YOU with us!

This prototype will be the first of its kind in the area and will become a sustainable development epicenter for 38 villages and over 5,000 rural people in the South East Mzimba district of Malawi.

This project is much larger than one building. By working with and teaching the people of Malawi to construct this design autonomously, our efforts will be the first ripple as Earthship technology spreads and empowers an ever growing number of people.

A pledge of $1,000 secures your spot to come with us to Malawi to help build the Flower design from October 7th - 18th.  The team that joins us will work alongside Michael Reynolds, the Earthship Biotecture team, and the people of Malawi.  Meals, lodging and transportation from the airport is included. 

This build in Kapita is an integral part of the Kapita region's own vision for self-reliance. All 38 villages in the region have been working with the support of local partner Empower Malawi to plan, action and review their own development initiatives. Existing community-led initiatives are holistic and involve projects like community banking, solar lighting, organic agriculture, water filtration and eco-sanitation.

The region identified the need for a community centre and the need to improve existing design and building techniques to be self-reliant. Hence this project is not just the building of a valuable community resource, but the building of community capacity to achieve their dream for self-sufficiency.

  • 100 X 100 pound bags of concrete
  • 200 Meters of rebar
  • Lumber
  • 2 x Solar cells
  • Charge Controller
  • Electrically wiring
  • Sediment filters
  • Simple water pump
  • OGWM Pipes and fitting
  • 2 x 2000 Gallon cisterns
  • Tank fittings and pipe
  • Roofing materials
  • Windows
  • Travel expenses
  • Food and shelter for construction team

Thank you for supporting a project that means so much to people whom you've never met. This is what being human is all about!

You Can: Help
You Can: Contribute
You Can: Empower

Risks and challenges

Michael Reynolds is the inventor of Earthships and has been building them for over 40 years. Michael and the Earthship team have successfully completed similar missions in Sierra Leone, Haiti, Guatemala and Jamaica. They have the experience and exptertise necessary to carry this project out to fruition.

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    EXCLUSIVE PHOTO ALBUM -- See the experience from all angles with access to the entire album from the build in Malawi.

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    EXCLUSIVE VIDEO CONTENT -- Access exclusive footage from the building, including interviews with Mike, the builders and the people of Malawi. (Includes all lower rewards)

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    FLOWER ARCHITECTURAL PLANS -- We'll send you a digital copy of the official blueprints for the Flower Earthship design. (Includes all lower rewards)

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    LIMITED EDITION EARTHSHIP T-SHIRT -- We're using a new type of printing called Sublimation to create a stunning All-Over-Print t-shirt shirt just for the $100 backers of this Kickstarter! (Includes all lower level rewards)

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    2-NIGHT STAY IN TAOS, NM -- Experience living in a real Earthship for two nights in the beautiful Earthship community in Taos, New Mexico. (Includes all lower rewards)

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    We'll send you the complete collection of Earthship's 'How To Build Your Own' Volumes 1 through 3 personally signed by the Garbage Warrior himself! (Includes rewards for $100 and below)

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    SIMPLE SURVIVAL PLANS -- Get a copy of the official architectural plans for the Simple Survival Earthship design at a discounted price -- normally $1000. (Includes rewards for $100 and below)

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    SPOT ON MALAWI BUILD -- Be one of the 50 volunteers to help build the Flower in Malawi. Learn everything about Earthship engineering while making history with Michael Reynolds. (Does not include airfare to Malawi)

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    GUARANTEED SPOT AT EARTHSHIP ACADEMY -- Due to the large number of applicants, the Earthship Academy is normally difficult to be admitted into. Guarantee yourself a spot for only $1000 above the normal entrance price. (Includes rewards for $100 and below)

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