27 feb. 2016

PROTOTYPING FOR DEVELOPMENT : GHANA - CROWD-FUNDING CAMPAIGN



Are you ready for a life-changing experience? 


Do you want to be part of an international cooperative project where your actions have a direct positive impact on other’s lives?


How can YOU become ESSENTIAL for the project success?  It is easy, there are two ways of getting involved: 


1. FROM YOUR HOME:  

a.       SHARE THE INFORMATION: Please help us share the information: the more people know about the project the more chances we have for this campaign to be successful

b.       SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE: Send us your opinion, your ideas, share your expertise and knowledge

c.       PLEASE DONATE!! However small or big.

          CHECK OUT the exclusive REWARDS 


2. ON SITE:  

We are inviting all student or graduates in architecture, engineering, design or anyone passionate with sustainable architecture, ecology and development, adventurers and social volunteers to PARTICIPATE in this life-changing experience. The Eco-effective architecture workshop is a hands-on full-on site-specific opportunity and it promises high-impact learning and a UNIQUE experience for personal and professional development for both local and international participants.
This is the challenge:

WHEN 

1/06/16 to 30/07/16 

WHERE

Abetenim, Ejisu-Juaben District [GHANA]

WHAT

Prototype House

HOW

The goal is to develop an engineered SOLUTION which is the most EFFECTIVE in its context, has a POSITIVE incidence in both the ENVIRONMENT and the COMMUNITY and whose TECHNOLOGY and KNOWLEDGE can be easily REPLICATED LOCALLY.


Main strategies:

# FREE CLEAN POWER: Solar Energy

#  FREE CLEAN WATER: Rain water collection, storage and healthy treatment

#  UP-CYCLING of materials(bio-sphere/techno-sphere) 

#  Zero WASTE

#  Local EMPOWERING

#  BIOCLIMATIC design
#  LOW COST building

 This project aims to provide a model that is not only OFF-GRID and self-sufficient but it also generates MORE CLEAN ENERGY AND CLEAN WATER than it needs so it will benefit the ones living in and also the surrounding community. This is what we call a POSITIVE FOOTPRINT and this is what this PROTOTYPE is about. 

ECO-EFFECTIVENESS is a positive agenda for the conception and production of architecture that enables a triple top line growth by incorporating SOCIAL, ECONOMIC and ENVIRONMENTAL benefit.


Please check LINKS below for additional information:


- NKA Foundation web page www.nkafoundation.org 

- TAP (The Architects Project)  www.medium.com/tap-blog/interview 


The FULL amount raised will go to: 

A. SALARIES£2000


#  We want to offer the people from Abetenim who will be involved in the project wages above the average amount they currently receive [Ghc25 = £5 / Ghc55 = £10 per day for unskilled/skilled] and your CONTRIBUTION will make it possible.


B.  CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS: £5000

#  All materials are locally sourced,

#  Some of them are raw materials that do not need to be purchased nor transported, like the local earth we will be using for the superstructure rammed walls.

#  Others are up-cycled materials that neither need to be purchased nor transported, only need to be collected in the village, like cans, bottles, tyres...

#  Materials for foundations, roof structure, plumbing and electrics are the principal cost in this chapter.  


C. TECHNOLOGY: £3000

#  SOLAR ENERGY KIT [Includes equipment and installation] The prototype has an integrated approach to community empowerment that draws on a limitless and clean source of energy, the Sun, to provide solutions that improve the life in the village; your donation will bring solar energy to the community and you will be helping to lead the effort to make clean energy technologies available to all.


#  WATER COLLECTION & PURIFICATION SYSTEM [Includes equipment and installation]. Only the lack of clean water contributes to 70% percent of the country’s diseases, such as cholera and typhoid, this prototype provides free drinkable water all year long.




About the campaign organizer: Karla Paz Sans


I am a Building Engineer-Technical Architect with more than 10 years of professional experience gained within the construction sector with proven success as Project and Construction Manager in both U.K. and Spain. I specialize in Sustainable Architecture and International Cooperation for Development. 

My ethos [both personal and professional] is guided by the deep desire of a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world with clean air, water, soil and power – economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed. My personal strategy is to work towards this goal throughout empowerment and eco-effective architecture by locally gathering and channelling needs, skills and knowledge towards a holistic positive footprint.

The main reason for me to come to Ghana is my upcoming role as Project Manager for the construction of Abetenim Secondary School lead by the initiative of the NKA Foundation (further their success in previous projects as the Primary School and the recently completed Library).

While researching about the village I discovered the daily challenges faced by this rural community due to the insufficient electrical supply, precarious access to clean water, architectonical pathologies in traditional buildings, economic development limitations, environmental issues, etc. after examining all these factors I felt I could bring a dynamic perspective not only to the project but to the empowerment process. 

As part of the data compilation stage I got in contact with several organizations and particulars all around the world. One of the most interesting encounters happened while attending a seminar at London CASS (Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design) entitled “Tapping local resources for sustainable development” where I met other colleagues that had been recently involved with different projects in Abetenim.

I have also made a contact within the Abetenim community who is currently enabling me to get first-hand information about local prices and constraints, who will support me while I am there and who will be helping as an expert Twi-English translator on site once I arrive. This will be really useful because even though I have been practising these last months, Twi is definitely not an easy language. 

The true technical and personal convincement on the positive impact that the prototype will have on this specific community is so strong that I have taken the intricate decision of resigning my job as a Project Manager in London in order to travel to Abetenim to transform a profession into a responsible mission and my passion into tangible actions.



*****REWARDS*****
£5 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project and the lyrics of a traditional local song
£25 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
£50 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits line in the film
£100 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE:: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits line in the film
THANK YOU ON SITE: In addition to the above, you will receive a Guest Certificate of Appreciation that guarantees the donor a 2-day stay in Abetenim to see the project you helped to fund. This offer is redeemable until November 8, 2018. Offer is transferable, so it will make a unique gift
£200 or more
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits line in the film
THANK YOU ON SITE: In addition to the above, you will receive a Guest Certificate of Appreciation that guarantees the donor a 2-day stay in Abetenim to see the project you helped to fund. This offer is redeemable until November 8, 2018. Offer is transferable, so it will make a unique gift
PLEASE SPEAK YOUR MIND: You can choose a positive message/sentence and we will incorporate it as a decorative writing in the prototype [walls, floors, etc]
£2,000 or more
YOU ARE AWESOME! THIS IS "YOUR PROTOTYPE". We will reward you with the opportunity to NAME the prototype after you, or another name of your choice.
THANK YOU CARD for supporting our project
THANK YOU PICTURE: We will take a picture of whatever you would like to see of Abetenim and nearby villages i.e. the sunrise, moon as it looks from the dark jungle, children at play, a laughing/smiling face, cocoa trees, a shadow, parts of the prototype … it is entirely your choice so go ahead send us your request. We will exhibit all of the pics on the Prototype Facebook page (choose a title for your requested picture and confirm in case you would like to be tagged on it) or alternatively let us know if you only want to receive the picture privately via email.
THANK YOU FILM: You will receive a copy of a short film documenting the challenges and successes of this project + we'll list you as a donor in the credits.
THANK YOU ON SITE: In addition to the above, you will receive a Guest Certificate of Appreciation that guarantees the donor a 2-day stay in Abetenim to see the project you helped to fund. This offer is redeemable until November 8, 2018. Offer is transferable, so it will make a unique gift
PLEASE SPEAK YOUR MIND: You can choose a positive message/sentence and we will incorporate it as a decorative writing in the prototype [walls, floors, etc] 

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