This eco-lodge aims to bring tourism and training in hospitality to this remote village on the edge of a national park in the west of Rwanda. Next to the accommodation will be a community center which brings local people together for gatherings, social programs, and anything else they need to use the space for. This project, designed by university students, blends the worlds of hospitality and celebration of local culture.
As part of the Rubagabaga river master plan for a village next to a hydropower plant, this community center focuses on vocational and agricultural training programs for local farmers and tradesmen. This is connected to a micro-industrial park in an effort to stimulate the economy in this rural, mountainous area. The JI team is joining Empowering Villages to create a flexible space that meets the needs of these programs which aim towards overall positive and sustainable impact.
This community development in a remote village of northwest Rwanda aims at providing both educational space for youth as well as industrial workshop space for local businesses to grow. Designed by a team from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo who visited their project site, these facilities will allow for empowerment and sustainable employment in a region that needs it most.
The Malawi Children’s Village provides high quality education to orphan youth in a rural region of the country, but the schoolteachers are currently forced to commute a long distance to get to the work they are so passionate about. JI Volunteer Maggie is designing innovative and eco-friendly duplex housing blocks out of local materials just across the street from the existing school to allow staff easy access to the school while still retaining necessary privacy. The local team is already constructing the first duplex on a fast-track schedule!
Our partner Empowering Villages has joined with Hope Assistance Foundation to design the master plan for a school in rural Eastern Rwanda. Volunteer designer Philip is a professional architect in South Africa who will design new classroom blocks, offices, and other multipurpose buildings and recreation areas for the growing school, which gives priority to youth in the lowest socioeconomic classes in the area.
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.
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. He has teamed up with JI Africa director Carly to design an industrial business incubator next to a hydropower plant in rural Rwanda.