I am looking for 1-2 people to help build a septic tank out in a Hakka village in Hong Kong (in Plover Cove Country Park).
The septic tank is for a Community House myself and a family of farmers living in the village already want to use for a project to help reduce food waste in the village community and raise awareness (through gleaning and free meal service) and facilitate a mental health program whereby vulnerable community members spend time in and learn in nature and through work experience on the farm.
The septic tank will be around 7 inches deep and built according to Hong Kong specifications. We want to use old bricks and materials already in the village though might have to order red bricks, sand and cement and pipes to connect to the drain. We need to build a septic tank (instead of other solutions we proposed such as biogas) because the biogas bag would have to be placed on a narrow public path outside the house so villagers won't consent.
We will have the support of an engineer who knows how to build septic tanks though is busy to actually build it. He will advise and break ground but will need to mix cement, dig the hole and lay bricks etc. The process will take approx 3 weeks (if working on it daily) to complete. The idea is to start January and work weekends till May.
If we have to wait for contractors, they are all busy till after June and it's imperative the tank gets built before the rainy season and so the project can go forward.
If anyone, living in Hong Kong, wants to be involved in the building of the septic tank and the project in general, I would love to connect with you.
We, the farmers running a Permaculture farm, and myself (the project organiser - I have a background as a co-host of a Permaculture education project in Portugal and wanted to start something in Hong Kong, where I grew-up) will provide community, food, shelter if you want to stay over from Friday-Sunday (not possible to stay the week), and if you like the project, feel the place, feel the connection with the team and want to be involved in one of the roles envisioned for the community house we'd love to welcome you.