Pop-Up Foundation and Black Architecture need YOU to help build an eco-school.
Last night Alison and I re-told the story to the 350 plus attendees at the annual awards dinner.
Now it’s time to get involved.
As Victoria Knowles from 2 Degrees blogged on the 2degrees site ’Whatever materials or services you can offer, we want to hear from you. Do you want to be part of the legacy? What do you get when you put an Architect, a Professor and an IBM Marketing Manager together with a few glasses of wine at a 2degrees awards ceremony? I’m sure you’ve already heard the legacy of the 2degrees Awards, but if you haven’t, here’s a quick recap. That night, Paul Clarke and Alison Hall at the Pop-Up Foundation left with more than the crown for Solution of the Year – they ran into Black Architecture’s Paul Hinkin, uttered those fateful words, “How would you like to design and build a school in Uganda?” and the idea was born.
We are now at the next stage of the project – its ready to roll – BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP!!!!
The school will be built in Parabong, Northern Uganda, is community-managed using locally sourced materials and technology. The school has also been considered with hygiene in mind: It has long been recognised that female education is the key to unlocking development, yet currently most girls leave school when they reach puberty due to a lack of basic sanitation. One of the first actions in making the school will be the sinking of a borehole to provide a supply of water for drinking and personal hygiene. Since then, Paul Hinkin has flown to Uganda to visit a number of schools to understand the challenges that the team would need to overcome in building their school, as well as the materials and techniques local farmers use to build their own homes.
Now, we need you – in whatever capacity you can afford:
General · Financial support to project manage, build, resource and run the school. ·
Technical engineering support and guidance · Set of construction resources to fabricate on site, including a brick making machine and an earth mover/digger · Boots on the ground in the form of volunteers, staff expertise and assignments
Classrooms · Specialist help in creating good air quality / airflow for cool rooms and effective acoustics in the rooms ·
Natural Light solutions · Durable internal fittings for students to sit, study and socialise. ·
Internet capability so the kids can link to the outside world
Lavatories · Technical support on the most efficient form of water capture / management and flow for flushing systems avoiding malaria problems · Expertise on anaerobic digestions solutions to transform the waste into gas for cooking and fertiliser for the land
Kitchen · Solar technology support / biogas engineering support · Off grid-Food storage units ·
Food production support / growing food on scale for the school to become sustainable as a food secure environment. Can you help with the above, or anything else?
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