Architecture student Emma and engineering student Jodie are designing an industrial park in rural Uganda that will act as an eco-hub for sustainable community development alongside local entrepreneurs. It will act as a facility to incubate small businesses and grow the local economy, provide jobs, and increase livelihood in a place that has limited access to infrastructure and services.
Architecture student Hannah and engineering student Robert are collaborating to design community spaces and housing that caters to local farmers in rural Zimbabwe. Connected to a future solar power plant, this center employs renewable energy and permacultural strategies to encourage more sustainable living for underprivileged people groups.
University of Rwanda architecture student Ernest is designing an eco-lodge that serves the community of Sunzu Village by providing jobs and bringing in tourism that teaches cultural and environmental values. This lodge will be constructed entirely of local materials and methods across the road from the JI-designed Sunzu Library and Multipurpose Center.
University of Rwanda architecture student Joselyne is designing a library that employs water collection and storage features to serve a poor community in the remote Eastern Province that often faces drought and lack of access to clean water. In partnership with local NGOs Empowering Villages and Hope Assistance Foundation, Joselyne’s library design will provide a space for kids and adults to enjoy the resources provided to them by various donors.
GP Foundation wants to build an institute for promoting peace in Nepal, in support of the local government’s reconciliation and development initiatives. Their new facility, being designed by Bhavesh, a volunteer architect from India, will provide opportunities for local leaders, social activists, journalists, and women to hold trainings, research and studies. This project will be a role model for community togetherness and a celebration of local culture in Nepal.
Nonprofit Kids Play International has been working in Rwanda since 2012, running holistic community development programs through sports and team-building in a rural area of the country. They plan to construct an indoor recreational facility that will allow athletes to participate in games and hold large scale community events in a sheltered space. Longtime JI alumni, Nicole, has volunteered to design this space for KPI using local materials and construction methods, to serve locals who take part in its programs.
CHP-Honduras works side-by-side with the regional health care promoters, doctors and dentists and elected community volunteers. This project aims to build a simple house for up to 27 volunteers involved in medical and dental brigades that service the region three times a year. Volunteer designer Amanda has been tasked to create a space that will not only house volunteers, but also be a place for local community events, such as town meetings, wedding receptions and conferences.
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!
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.