JI was born from a dream to rebuild the world
This year, 6,350 students will graduate with architecture degrees from universities across the country. If these students dedicated university studio hours to humanitarian design projects, 6,858,000 hours would be dedicated to designing solutions to the greatest challenges facing our world.
By partnering student designers with local and global humanitarian organizations, JI provides sustainable design and construction methods to communities who need it most. We invest in the next generation of socially minded architects, engineers, and construction managers by addressing and anticipating the ecological, economic and social issues shaping the built environment today and tomorrow.
Because if we want a better world, we have to build one.
What We Do?
Partners International engaged with this 52,000 person community due to the need for new education facilities. Currently, there are 200 students, ages 5-17, that attend school in stick built structures and rundown buildings. The school employs eight teachers who are in need of 20 classrooms to conduct classes in. The school will consist of a school facility that will house both primary education and evening literacy classes for adults.
The goal of this community center is to provide a place for education (medical, biblical, ESL), church, and sports, as well as, housing for the students and volunteers. Amoveo Group wants the community center to be a catalyst for the community, positively impacting the lives of Zacamil and the people passing through. The two images two the left demonstrate an abstract vision of this dream.
The city of Tacloban has been severely injured by the storm that hit in 2013, but its people are determined to rise from the wreckage and rebuild an even stronger community. In order to be resilient, they must adapt to the changes that the environmental conditions require. This project hopes to provide new life and a sense of security for anyone who comes into this space through fulfilling a variety of needs that exist within the community of Tacloban. It will serve as both a disaster relief center and a place of worship for the local church.
Film School Africa’s (FSA) mission is to harness the power of visual arts, allowing disadvantaged youth to crash through barriers and make their dreams a reality. FSA is working in two townships, Kayamandi and Strand, and is seeking a new facility to allow for their growth in students. FSA has found a home at the Pneumatix performing arts live-in campus which can harbor and facilitate the growth of their organization while providing a “college experience” for students who would otherwise lack such an opportunity.
The Santiago Agriculture and Water Company will bring sustainable solutions that address the lack of clean water, food sustainability short-comings, the limited access to primary health care and education, and the absence of technical and vocational job training for the poor and marginalized in the “El Cibao” region of the Dominican Republic. The facility relies on a social business model using aquaponic-farming methodology, sustainable agricultural biology and household-scale ceramic filtration technology to fund a community vocational/technical training and health care center.
In 1988, at the invitation of local Nicaraguans, Jim and Sarah Hornsby began the work of Young Life (Vida Joven in Spanish) in Matagalpa, Nicaragua by making contacts with youth through English classes and sports. La Finca (‘the farm’) doubles as a haven for kids and a working farm where world class coffee is grown and sold—the profit of one bag of coffee goes to send one Nicaraguan youth to a camp for a day. The expansion of La Finca includes two dorms and a new staff center with housing to be completed by the end of winter 2015.
The Omilling Villages near Magwi, South Sudan are working in conjunction with “Hope Ofiriha” to establish a Mairo Primary School which will serve 1200 students. This new educational facility will provide 8 classrooms, 8 teachers’ homes, 6 toilet blocks, a school kitchen, and administration space. The new primary school will allow more students to progress further with their education. The ability for the children to gain a basic education will help them build better lives for themselves and their families empowering the community.
La Yaguita del Pastor is one of these “barrios” or poor neighborhoods on the outskirts of the Santiago, with little or no access to sewage, water and electricity. Santiago Christian School chose this barrio to partner with because of the extreme need to improve the lives of those who live below the poverty line within it. Creating a new church space will allow the existing facility to become a preschool and offer an after school program for neighborhood kids.
The primary goal of the Education, Business, and Training Center is to aide in the revitalization of the Ugandan economy. Training Ddegeya villagers will encourage them to join the workforce and enable them to provide for their families. Ultimately, the facility will support a variety of activities, including: community gathering spaces, staff housing, computers, and sewing machines.
The African Research and Exchange Academy [AREA] is both a social enterprise and a non-profit organization with operations occurring in Boulder, Colorado and the state-of-the-art campus to be built just outside of Kumbo, Cameroon. AREA will be used as a social gathering and meeting place for high ranking diplomats, kings and queens, and anyone who wants to help better humankind – starting in Africa.
In the Philippines, many families struggle economically due to the lack of infrastructure and transportation. All too often these families resort to means like human trafficking simply to survive. Sometimes those engaging in human trafficking are orphaned or abandoned children since they have no family or means to support themselves. This project hopes to rebuild the lives of the children who have been trafficked by providing a place for them to be loved, respected, supported and nurtured.
Stefano Mahande comes from the the Busia District in Eastern Uganda, a location with the lowest educational scores in the country and very high poverty levels. An electrical engineer by trade, his dream is to make healthcare and education available for his community. A master plan and thin-brick community structure design was completed in July 2014.
Who we are?
Meet our team who work tirelessly to provide opportunities for students and community partners across the globe.