SUBMITTED DESIGN ENTRIES May 31, 2016 12:31:47 GMT -6
Post by tribelab on May 31, 2016 12:31:47 GMT -6
ENTRY # 512880092
Dignified Sanitation for children in Abetenim school, Ghana
DESIGN TEAM: Tribe Lab(Samantha Schultz and Sara Luiza Kolata)
In Africa, one of the most important aspects of a healthy life is access to pure water, food and good sanitation. Some water borne illnesses weaken the organism and leave children unable to focus or even attend school. Many, living below poverty line come to school hungry, which affects their performance in class. Well harvested and managed water systems put a stop to all sorts of illnesses, promote a great level of personal hygiene, create ground for food production. This aids a steady development of healthy, striving communities, which in turn can focus on education and personal growth.
GROW is a project focusing on strengthening the quality of personal wellbeing of the school children in Abetenim, Ghana. It is designed around sustainable water collection, ecological sanitation and permaculture with an aim to promote education and self-efficiency within the school environment.
Well hydrated, clean and fed children have more chances to stay focused at school and graduate with good marks.
The project is built out of lab engineered rammed earth, which is water proof and moist resistant (specifics can be published in a research document). The building harvests rain water throughout the year, making use of the rainy season (March- November) storing all collected water in an underground cistern.
A low-tech water irrigation system supports hand-washing taps and recycles all grey water into the vertical and horizontal garden space. All plants proposed in the design are edible and can be sourced locally from surrounding farmlands. Eco-toilets produce compact garden compost all year round.
All enclosed spaces, being toilets have great air ventilation for maintenance of a clean environment. A vertical garden wall is introduced to create shading, which aids the cooling of the air for better circulation.
This project can be implemented with an education program, which focuses on the importance of sanitation, water management and gardening. It can act as a showcase to the local community of a low tech, cheap but effective lifestyle, which can be easily and cheaply reproduced in local households.
|WATERPROOF RAMMED EARTH WALLS||$715|
|STEEL FOOTINGS FOR TRUSSES||$105|
|WATER COLLECTION SYSTEM||$215|
|CISTERN & PUMP||$250|
|WATERPROOF RAMMED EARTH SINK BASINS||$290|
|GABION WALL SINK BASES||$150|
|BAMBOO & STEEL DOORS||$690|