JI Volunteer Andrew designed a project that modernizes pig housing for farmers to augment both human and animal health. This aims to increase yield as well as income for local farmers. New housing for breeding will also generate high quality breed to supply to farmers, which provides better nutritional health to a community that lacks protein sources.
As Part of the Life In Abundance organization’s vision for development in Haiti, this school and outreach center will help to sustainably develop the Haitian community. This project aims to empower the Haitian people through education, vocational training, and micro-enterprise efforts in such a way that these communities will begin to thrive and provide for their own people and needs. Heather, the designer from Montana State University, used her thesis project as a vision for Life In Abundance and Third Lens to use for construction of this facility.
This project will look into sustainable ways of taking the existing school building standards and creating an innovative space for underprivileged children to learn. The school will provide educational resources for children in rural Zimbabwe and maximize their potential for a better future! This project is currently in the fundraising stage.
Our designers have created a vision for our renewable energy partners in Rwanda, in which a local cooperative will be given space to cultivate their entrepreneurial spirit! There is also 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 DeHarpport, Tanya Wohlfarth, and Dustin Sullivan have designed a Women’s Cooperative and Library near the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village 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 have added a medical clinic to the existing vocational village master plan. This design will integrate with the other phases of this development as well as serve the medical needs of the community in the DR! The overall master plan is currently in construction!
This master plan design includes 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, which hopes to bring people together as a village center near a small rural town in the Rwandan mountains.
This project, located in rural Malawi, serves an area of 75,000 people that has no easy access to good quality healthcare or education systems. The master plan will include a vocational school focused on commercial and mechanical training, agricultural training area, health outpatient unit, and solar powered housing. It looks at offering up numerous solutions and inspiring everyone to lead a better quality of life.
Volunteer Laura Martinez de la Osa has designed a facility 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, specifically in the arts, to fulfill the need for more specialized education in more rural areas of the country.
KIVI is a Community Vocational Education and Training Institute that aims to support the community of Kisoro Uganda, especially girls and those who could not manage to join University and other higher intuitions of learning (vulnerable children, orphans and marginalized groups of people). Leah is an emerging professional who recently stepped aside from her corporate job to focus on her true passion – humanitarian design. Leah created a masterful design!
Ismail is an experience humanitarian designer, emerging professional, and Director for Journeyman International in France. Opher is a young professional and experience humanitarian designer. Together, they have designed a library out of locally available materials which will provide youth in the local village with more educational opportunity.
The Needy Today Orphanage Primary School in Mathinka Community, Makarie Gbanti Chiefdom, Bombali District in Sierra Leone. Presently there are 599 pupils attending this school. 90% of them are orphans and are experiencing a lot of challenges in both the school and homes. Amanda Louise has created a beautiful design to house and educate more students!
The Dream Foundation is an organization in Uganda that provides safe houses for vulnerable children. Anna Nagasugi is a veteran humanitarian designer who has designed several projects for JI in the past. She has developed a conceptual design package for The Dream Foundation, empowering them to pursue land and fundraising for the project.
COTEDIH is an organization in Haiti that provides orphan relief in Port au Prince. Paige Taff is an experienced humanitarian designer who both mentors JI thesis designers and designs humanitarian projects. Paige has developed a conceptual design package to empower COTEDIH with fundraising and land procurement. =
Under the guidances of JI Director Ismail Elkasmi in France, Rocio Aviles has developed a sustainable development masterplan for a village in Morocco. Rocio and Ismail visited the project site in 2017. The JI team and Rocio’s client have been incredibly impressed by her thorough and masterful concept.
The DREAM Soccer Academy and Orphanage is a community development project that seeks to educate underprivileged youths and give them a space to play and learn soccer. This design and masterplan will provide safe classrooms and play fields for soccer training in Mamfe, Cameroon.
Journeyman International works closely with Empowering Villages in Rwanda. This particular project design by Isha Chhabra is a women’s aquaculture cooperative in a remote village called Bihongora. The facility will train the local women how to grow fish and other agricultural products for their village. We are thrilled with Isha’s design and construction is scheduled to start in 2018!
Jeremy Nguyen is a Cal Poly architecture student from San Jose, California who has chosen to bless children in Brazil by designing a bilingual school for his thesis project. He was supported by Lindsey and Kiersten with structural engineering work, and Kotaro with construction management support. Nossa Escola da Terra, is a non profit in Brazil that aims to provide education to the poorest children in the local region. The program will include classrooms, dining, kitchen, lodging, and and overall project masterplan. The design team visited the project site in 2017.
This backpacker’s eco-lodge will be part of a new development with our partners at Empowering Villages in Rwanda that will provide economic stimulus to the rural village of Rubagabaga. The eco-lodge will serve as an exciting destination for travelers passing through the area and will be implemented and run by the local community.
Isabeau Guglielmo was a JI intern who designed a beautiful leadership retreat center for the Christian Missionary Alliance in the Dominican Republic. This project is closely related to our vocational village project with Mission 2535. The camp will be located on a 2 acre parcel and will include housing, dining, a chapel, swimming pool, and other retreat center accommodations. Grading has commenced, and the goal is to open the center within three years!
Trevor Chayce is a JI alumni and experience humanitarian designer. He has been supporting our partners Heart Capital in South Africa with the design development of an agricultural training center in the mountains of Cape Town. The project started construction in early 2016 and will included dozens of housing and greenhouse units!
Kamile Kesylyte is a British architecture student who designed a beautiful support center for woman and children suffering from AIDS in the eastern cape of South Africa. JI has partnered with African Solutions for African Problems (ASAP) to develop several of these facilities in the coming years.
The JI team, spearheaded by Indian Architect Dipinti Kapoor, designed a school in Uganda with the specific aim of supporting disabled orphans. This school will have specific vocational training that will empower these disabled children with skill sets that will help provide employment. The project will including dormitories, classrooms, administration, and an overall project masterplan.
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 out of locally-available materials. JI Director Carly Althoff is working with the Sunzu Village team to develop a master plan for the village that will include a new sports complex, multipurpose center, public latrine, eco-lodge, and several new playgrounds.
Nicole Thompson is a Cal Poly and Journeyman program alumni. After graduating she landed a job in California in the architecture industry. Her passion for humanitarian design has caused her to take on this humanitarian project pro bono in her free time!
The library is in a village called Bungaya in East Bali. The land is owned by Puspadi Bali’s Director Nengah Latra. The population of this village is 4000 people and it is a very poor area of Bali. The average income is less than $17USD per week and the main occupation is rice farming. There are no library’s or book stores – to attain a book a family has to travel all the way into the capital of Bali, Denpasar, about two hours drive. Additionally, there is currently no public access to computers in the village.
Ismail Elkasmi is a Moroccan national, who in 2015 as a Cal Poly exchange student and JI intern, designed three dormitories for Young Life in Nicaragua. Ismail had the privilege of joining JI President Daniel Wiens on a site visit that prepared Ismail for the daunting site challenges. Within months of Ismail’s internship completing, the project in Nicaragua broke ground (see Nicaragua project). Before Ismail graduates university, his design in Nicaragua will be built. Inspired by his experience with JI, Ismail talked his professors at School of Architecture Paris Val De Seine into letting him take on a JI project for his thesis. In 2017 Ismail designed Primary Schools in his home country of Morocco. Upon return from Ismail’s site visit he said,
“The project is meant to help introduce preschools in this region: the Ait Bouguemez valley, where there is a lack of access to proper education, especially for the youngest generations. I have to say I was truly touched by that place, its beauty and its people. The government barely helps and acts in this amazing region, where I found an inspiring sense of solidarity. These people are working hard every day to to provide the minimum for themselves and families. They also try to preserve their berber culture (older than the ancient Greek or Roman cultures), heritage, and traditions.”
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.
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.
Journeyman International and student designer Natalia Escobar has partnered with SERES, a non profit organization in Guatemala to design a youth leadership center called Communiversity at the base of a volcano in Antigua, Guatemala. The SERES Communiversity will be a world-first leadership hub and learning village for unleashing the power of the next generation of emerging leaders, knowledge brokers and practitioners that are leading the transition towards healthy, thriving and resilient communities. As an internationally recognized gathering place, the SERES Communiversity facilitates cross-fertilization and pollination among local leaders, community-based development practitioners, researchers, scholars, students and the philanthropic community who are aligned in their commitment towards developing a more socially and environmentally equitable world.
The SERES Center will be built on a 25-acre property located near the town of El Rodeo in the town of Escuintla, Guatemala. It is located approximately 42km on the CA-1 from Guatemala City and 23km on Route-14 from the popular tourist destination of Antigua on well-maintained, paved highway.
The land is located in a stunning location that features views of 4 of Guatemala’s volcanoes to the north and east of the property – two of which are active (Fuego and Pacaya). To the south of the property, the landscape drops away towards the pacific slopes where sugarcane – Guatemala’s largest export – is grown and on clear days you can see the Pacific Ocean, approximately 60 kms away. It is also close to La Reunion Golf Resort which is regarded by many golfing enthusiasts as one of the world’s best golf courses and provides an option for top-end accommodation for people wishing to visit the center but requiring alternative accommodation arrangements.
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 Kabale, 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.
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.
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.