Buckets at work in Haiti

When poverty requires the simplest construction tools be pressed into service, most turn to a bucket.

It becomes the measuring device, the scoop and the transportation vessel of choice for many projects. The remarkable fact is that human ingenuity and muscle with very simple tools can get some very large projects completed.

The next time you see a ready-mix truck or a concrete pump, or even a wheelbarrow on a construction site; be thankful for what you have and realize that somewhere in the world a poor family is building their home with poor quality concrete, using a bucket…

A bucket is fine for measuring simple concrete recipes…
A bucket is OK for transporting wet concrete mixes…
But the sad truth is that most of these buckets carry concrete that contain very little cement and by far too much water.

The poor quality of this concrete is why the roofs will crumble. The poor quality concrete will crush those who believe that they are building safe shelter over their heads.

We suggest that we let the buckets continue to work in the hands of these talented and dedicated people, but let the international community help them by offering some better tools to produce consistent concrete mixtures.

We have compiled some videos that demonstrate the use of buckets in cement/concrete production in most developing nations.  In one of these videos a group even used mixer, but then dumped the concrete onto the ground for bucket loading…

Thanks to brussell2 for this video.

Thanks to jamesalexanderpeck for this video.

Thanks to solarhaven2 for this video.


About cementtrust

I am a director with Cement Trust and passionate about improving cement-based production in the poorest nations of the world.
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