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from July until September 2018 aulaterra team, together with international volunteers will travel to the rural village Abetenim in Ghana (Africa) to build a sustainable and low-cost classroom prototype. This is a non-profit project supported by the Nka Foundation.
The aims of this project are, on the one hand, to contribute to the development of an educational infrastructure in rural Ghana, scoping for a better future for the next generations; and on the other hand, to engage with the community in a hands-on workshop, fostering the use of earth as a largely available, sustainable construction material.
How much funding do we need?
Thanks to the support and trust from donors and friends we are very close to making it happen: we already count with some donations from individuals and companies, as well as with a team of engaged volunteers that will build with us, but it is not all done! A little more than a month before our departure to Ghana we still need 3500 euros to reach the minimum funding to build up the first classroom prototype, and this is where we need your help.
How can you contribuite?
Now, there are different ways you can give us a hand:
- Make a donation of your choice. Every bit counts!
- Spread the word! share it on social media for others to contribute.
Donations will be used responsibly for the purpose of the project.
Where does the money go?
The funds we collect will be allocated entirely to the implementation of the project. The construction of the classroom prototype has an estimated cost of 15.000 euros:
- Construction materials: 8.000 euros
- Local labor: 2.500 euros
- Tools and transportation: 2.000 euros
- Workshop's organization: 2.500 euros
Still curious? Keep on reading to know more about the project, our team, and the Nka Foundation:
The classroom consists of two spaces: the classroom and the porch. The classroom volume is made out of raw earth and the volume of the porch is made out of wood. The volume of the porch wraps the classroom from above to protect it from rain, noise and solar radiation The porch hosts the lockers and it can be used by the students to rest, play or do their homework.
The classroom is designed to comfortably host 25 students. Due to the lack of electricity in the area, special emphasis has been put into using passive design strategies to ensure a good daylight level and thermal comfort without the need of fans or electric lighting. The latticework over the openings has been designed to provide a comfortable visual performance by reducing luminance contrasts and to allow for a good natural cross-ventilation.
The classroom will be the first prototype built during this summer by the aulaterra team. After the successful construction of the first one, we will be ready to build further modules to complete a cluster. These units, a total of 10 modules will be grouped around a patio reproducing the layout of the traditional local settlements and generating a sense of community. The cluster is part of the school master plan proposed by the NKa Foundation.
(For more Information about the module visit http://www.aulaterra.org/the-project/)
About aulaterra team
aulaterra team resulted from several collaborations between young achitects in different projects and architectural competitions. We have a common interest in sustainable development and cooperation, and we try to apply our knowledge and technical expertise in sustainable architecture to working with communities in building healthier places/habitats/environments. After participating in the "4th Earth Competition: Designing a school for Ghana" and having the invitation from the NKa Foundation to do a 3 months’ workshop, we joined forces to build the classroom "aulaterra" in Abetenim.
(For more Information visit http://www.aulaterra.org/about/)
About NKa Foundation
NKa Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2005. The foundation's main goal is to support the underserved rural communities in Western Africa, with a focus on the arts. NKa supports a social, cultural and economic development of the communities using local resources and promoting a sustainable growth. They are developing a master plan called "A School for Ghana" in Abetenim which will provide an educational infrastructure that facilitates children access to education.
(For more information about NKa Foundation visit: www.nkafoundation.org)
Risks and challenges
One of the main challenges of the project will be to work in a country with a different culture: the adaptation to the site, the community work between the different actors (local workers/craftsmen, international volunteers and the organization NKa Foundation); the uncertainty of the climate conditions and obtaining of materials; and the tight time frame!
To face the setbacks that may occur we have to carefully organize the constructive phases for these three months and we have to adapt them and simplify the prototype. The collaboration between the different actors is essential. The NKa Foundation will act as an intermediary between locals and the aulaterra team for the acquisition of materials.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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