Keilan Meertens is a Landscape Architecture student at Cal Poly and Martha Caampos is a Civil Engineering major. They are combining their expertise to design a water purification system for a wetland in India.
Wellness Water’s mission is to provide a low-cost, dual filtration system that combines a wetland with an existing but ineffective slow-sand filter technology to purify contaminated domestic water. They aim to integrate new technology with existing community structures, local partnerships, and local government participation. The goal is to embed a system of social and technological sustainability by using community resources.
Jocelyn Kenmotsu is a construction management major at Cal Poly. Marantha Hospital was designed previously by one of JI’s university thesis students (Trevor Roberts). Jocelyn is taking that design and providing construction management deliverables for Amoveo.
The Maranatha Hospital is the first of six regional medical clinics in Western Burkina Faso. These clinics will be outfitted to care for the real and everyday needs of the community and will mark the first time that many Burkinabe’ will have access to healthcare. It strives to improve life for the Burkinabe’ community by facilitating access to quality, affordable health care, educational opportunities and community development programs. The first medical clinic will be completed in 2016 with a new clinic surfacing every year for 5 years following the first.
Jamie Elderkin is a Cal Poly Architecture from Sammamish, Washington.
Jamie does not want to wait until after graduating to help people with her architecture training. By working on a JI humanitarian project for her university thesis project Jamie can start now and incorporate it directly into her schoolwork.
Sakcham Rural Nepal is planning to build a training centre. Their goal is to empower the local leaders, youth and women by knowledge, skills, ideas and techniques through a high standard quality-training program. Such training does not exist in Nepal. They are focusing on sustainable leadership, ethical values, project management skills, knowledge and techniques for local government officers. Sakcham Rural Nepal is planning to build a training centre in a low cost, eco-friendly but also earthquake resistant method.
This project is going to serve the poverty-stricken kids in India, their families and their community as whole. India Christian Ministries wants to build a residential school and leadership center for training the young generation with Christian leadership skills. The campus will include classrooms, recreation rooms, offices, meeting halls, auditorium, indoor/outdoor playgrounds, gym, pool and more.
Kyle Rogers is a Cal Poly Architecture from Pleasanton, California. Kyle has worked with JI for two years, first as an intern and now as a thesis designer. Kyle believes that JI is giving him real world experience as well as training him to be a humanitarian designer.
SMJ Gift of Love Organization is planning to build a community medical center. The closest health facility is the public hospital, which is located in Savanna-la-mar approximately 20-30 minutes away from the area. The significance of this wellness center is that it will have a general practitioner, a pediatrician, a dentist, a mental health practitioner and an ophthalmologist to provide the needed services for the community. The facility will also have a small lab and a pharmacy, which will enable the people to obtain their medications. There are no other types of health clinic in the near vicinity of this magnitude or service.
Stephanie Carl is a Cal Poly architecture student from Fairfax, Virginia. Stephanie believes that working with JI will allow her to combine two of her passions: design and helping others. Elliott is a CM student eager to use his thesis on a real project.
Eco Caminhos wants to build an Eco Farm that will provide vocational training. The project will be designed to treat its own waste, generate its own energy and will be used to train the underprivileged. Accommodating tourists in Eco Lodges as well as offering locally cultivated organic food and a width variety of eco sports and workshops will generate income.
Tola Thomas is a Cal Poly Architecture student from Antioch, California. Tola sees JI as an opportunity to take the next leap in becoming the person he wants to be. He knows it is a huge challenge, and is excited for the opportunity to do humanitarian design.
The Artisanal Cheesemaking Centre of Excellence (‘ACCE’) is a non profit dedicated to the advancement of safe dairy education in Rwanda. ACCE was launched in response to dairy and food-processing sectors defined by poor quality products and processes.
By building a dairy, ACCE will:
Vicky Arias is a Cal Poly architecture student from Pittsburg, California. Vicky would love for the space she designs to help motivate kids and teenagers as well as help improve their life situations.
Deeper Christian Life Ministry wants to build a deaf primary school in Rugu Village, Tanzania. There are no other primary schools in the area that provide services for deaf children. They plan to have classrooms and dormitories. They anticipate having 250 children and plan to have equipped playing ground, gardens, and tanks for rainwater. Deeper Christian Life Ministry plans to support other needs by growing crops for food and raising animals.
This vocational center in Kable, Uganda will teach trades to people from all over Uganda The trades will be ranging anywhere from sewing, agriculture, carpentry, mechanical, and eventually the vocational school will progress to a place where Ugandans can come and receive a degree. The participants will be spending anywhere from one day – 3 years learning a trade at the vocational center. Once their training is completed the students will be able to return to their villages and make a living.
The JI team visited the Kigezi team in December 2015 and visited the project site. This is truly one of the most worthy projects we have worked on!
Brynn is a Cal Poly architecture student from Phoenix, Arizona. Brynn chose to design for JI for her university architectural thesis because, “JI offers a unique opportunity to combine real world experience, cultural education, and acts of service.”
Brynn is designing a girls’ dorm facility for an orphanage in Ghana. The population of the orphanage has increased from 26 to 47 over the past year and half the orphans at this facility are in dire need for space. The orphanage has a plot of land and needs a big dorm for about 30 orphans. Included in the design would be a library, classrooms, water tank outdoor play space, staff/volunteer housing and a farming area.
Ali Keenan is a Cal Poly architecture student from Manhattan Beach, CA. According to Ali, “JI provides the opportunity for a thesis project that uses her talents to help others.”
There is currently an orphanage located in San Salvador, El Salvador called Tia Ana’s that houses children that resulted from the prostitution industry in the area. San Salvador is one of the most gang-ridden and dangerous cities in all of Central America, so Amoveo Group would like to relocate the orphanage outside of the main city, in a more safe and remote location. The Plan is an organic / green plantation and eco-tourism site just outside of the city that would also contain Tia Ana’s. The funding received from coffee exports and hotel guests would go to the orphanage.
The mission of the Wongonyi Leadership Center is to to create a Leadership Centre and Eco Lodge dedication to living in harmony with the Earth’s natural resources. The goal is to create a resource center (funded by an eco lodge) that responds to the educational and development needs of the community as well as providing models of alternative technologies and innovative farming techniques.
The Agricultural School seeks to be the inaugural technical school aimed at filling the holes in the skilled labor force. It will provide students with directly applicable skill sets for employment through classroom lecture and hands-on practice in workshops. Eventually thousands of local skilled technicians will be employed throughout the country, and the nation as a whole will thrive.
The Bobo Dioulasso Vocational School seeks to be the inaugural technical school aimed at filling the holes in the skilled labor force. It will provide students with directly applicable skill sets for employment through classroom lecture and hands-on practice in workshops. Eventually thousands of local skilled technicians will be employed throughout the country, and the nation as a whole will thrive.
African Malaika seeks to inspire students from underrepresented or disadvantage groups to bridge the digital divide in their communities and to challenge their minds through enabling and providing Science Technology, Math and Literacy Empowerment Action Programme (STEM LEAP). The Community Center will provide individuals with computer and books to equip the next generation of Tanzanians to change their world and become tomorrows problem solvers.
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.
In order to receive dental care, the local Belizeans previously had to drive for over an hour outside of Independence. John Look, from GOM, is a professor of dentistry at the University of Minnesota and has focused his attention and resources on serving this population. The medical facility is complete and phase two (visiting doctor quarters) is awaiting funds.
Enfoque Ciudad, under the direction of brothers Justin and Damian Hirst, works with orphaned boys 18 years and older. The boys come from various orphanages in Mexico that typically end their programs for youth at the age of 18. While staying at the Enfoque Ciudad property for free, they are required to work full time and finish their studies.
The facility is currently in phase two of construction for the year of 2013, building a soccer field, outdoor theater, swimming pool and developing the landscaping to hold future outreaches at the property. Visit Enfoque Ciudad’s website to get updates on their program and facility.
Humanitarian Partner, Roza Feleke, is dedicated to the construction, finance, and operation of the Bahir Dar Hospital. In 2008, Roza learned that the government granted her an acre of land for her project and it broke ground in the winter of 2014. The project is currently being built by 45 WOMEN. That’s right. An all women’s construction team.
In partnership with local governments and other NGO’s, the Bahir Dar Hospital will be operating as a teaching facility for medical students.
In an effort to reverse the downward spiral of poverty and hopelessness in Zambia, the Community Development Resource Centers will give Zambians the education and experience necessary to improve their way of life now and for future generations.
The goals of this program are to establish life changing skills and education including a controlled demonstration farm that will give students effective practical training for future community projects. This will empower Zambians to succeed by giving them additional tools for agricultural improvements, business development, and education (nutrition, hygiene, and sanitation).
Disaster Volunteers of Ghana (DIVOG) is a Ghanaian led non governmental Organization based in Ghana that supports grassroots community development initiatives in partnership with rural communities, international organizations and individual volunteers.
The site will function both as a boarding school and a day school for children living in the Akatsi District of Ghana.
The Rescue Home is a restorative, safe facility for young children recovering from human trafficking in Cameroon. The master plan is a beautiful 11,000 square foot compound, emphasizing the concept of restoring a lost childhood. Recently, GLOWA received special consultative status with the United Nations.
Child Hope International is a charitable organization dedicated to rescuing suffering and abandoned children in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Through child sponsorships and donations, we are able to place children 12 and under in a loving and nurturing home and providing education for sponsored children.
Construction is pending due to final approval of the land.
The Sunzu Village is a masterplan project that aims to bring life-changing development projects to the remove Sunzu Village in Rwanda. The first stage is a library that is a multi-functional space inviting children, women and men to enjoy the indoor and outdoor spaces. The materials of the building consists primarily of volcanic stone, brick, and clay tile roofing. JI Alumni Carly Althoff is working with the Sunzu Village team to develop a master plan for the village that will include a new sports complex, church, expansion to the womans co-op, campground, and several new playgrounds.
The new campus will house the growing population of orphans in the Kilimanjaro Region- including dormitories, classrooms, a meeting pavilion, kitchen, gardens, and recreation fields. Trekking for Kids, a stateside partner, has pledged a portion of guide fees for their February 2014 Kilimanjaro expedition to the construction of this facility.