Our designers are creating a vision for our renewable energy partners in Rwanda, in which a local cooperative will be given space to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit. There will also be a small library component to the design, so that the nearby powerhouse could divert a small percentage of electricity to the facility for community development programs.
Volunteers Amanda Stahler, Tia Diaharpport and Dustin Sullivan are working with a local community and members of the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village to design a Women’s Cooperative and Library in Rwanda! This project is an effort to bring energy access, education, and empowerment to a village that borders an 8.5 MW solar field. We look forward to seeing this community grow and acquire more entrepreneurial opportunities for the local women!
As part of an ongoing relationship with our humanitarian partner, our designers are adding a medical clinic to the existing vocational village master plan. This design hopes to integrate with the other phases of this development as well as serve the medical needs of the community in the DR.
This master plan design will include a micro-industrial park which acts as a business incubator to stimulate the economy and empower local small businesses to grow and interact! The design also contains a community center aspect, which hopes to bring people together as a village center.
Professional firm Zero Energy Design, through architect Ben Uyeda, is volunteering its expertise to design a school master plan for the orphaned and abandoned children to learn and be empowered at all levels of education. This preschool, primary, and secondary school complex hopes to provide space for life change and growth for those who need it in Uganda.
Volunteer Laura Martinez de la Osa is working to develop a design for the Karwasa Art Foundation, which emerged from the vision of a member of the local Empowering Villages team in Rwanda. This facility will be used for vocational training and community programs to fulfill the need for more specialized education in more rural areas of the country.
Ismail is an experience humanitarian designer, emerging professional, and Director for Journeyman International. Opher is a young professional and experience humanitarian designer. Together, they will be designing a ‘containerized library’ concept to be implemented throughout Rwanda.
Claudia is a Brazilian Architect who lives in Switzerland, and is dedicating her time and talent to designing a school for impoverished children in Uganda.
Andrew is a professional architect, university lecturer, and active member of the JI team. He was the designer of the award-winning JI library in Rwanda. Andrew is actively designing a community center and business incubator in the village of Rubagabaga, Rwanda.
The JI team, spearheaded by architectural designer Francesca Alfajora, is designing a resource and skills facility with the aim of providing an e-platform, vocational and skills training, and an arts/performance center for a secondary school and community of rural South Africa. The project will serve as the original archetype and first home to the organization, as well as represent its mission of creating a safe, innovative, and self-sustainable rural community. The project has been allocated land and we are excited to to help this great organization!