Mixing concrete on the ground is a worldwide problem
We have made it clear that we blame the shovels and not the poor for the problems of bad concrete. The shovels are a symbol of a failed concrete construction practice, and these shovels are a visible reminder of this problem in developing countries.
Now it seems that the hoe has joined the shovel in the mixing ditches of Guatemala. Guatemala is a country that needs help with their concrete supply chain, just like many other developing nations.
They dig the footings extra deep in Guatemalan earthquake zones as an added safety measure. Extra engineering is a good idea for a school, a home or any structure that is at risk of quake-failure. And we know from sad experience that the risks are high for the children who live and play under these structures.
Sadly in this Guatemalan village the concrete is still mixed on the ground…
The industrialized countries of the world must find ways to extend their technology into the poorest nations of the world. Until we make an effort to change concrete construction for the better, we will continue to spend the worlds resources over and over again as we rebuild and rebuild again.