This October, Earthship Biotecture will be joined by a team of student soldiers to build an Earthship flower design community center in Malawi, Africa. We are working together with a local NGO, Empower Malawi, to gather people and funds to spread the word and build two rooms (petals) over the course of ten days. The dates of this project are October 7th-16th, 2013.
The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to become a sustainable development epicenter for 38 villages and over 5,000 rural people in South East Mzimba district in Malawi. The Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a community bank, a mini library, a dispensary, offices and a food bank.
Dear all, Here is the Goderich Waldorf School, Sierra Leone, built with love.
With deepest gratitude to Mike Reynolds' gift to the world and everyone whose hands and/or hearts helped to make this dream a reality. Attached are photos of Sunday 17th February 2013.
Project Build an Earthship in Rural Malawi!
The project, Kapita Earthship Community Centre, is to become a sustainable development epicentre for 38 villages and over 5000 rural people in South East Mzimba district in Malawi. We want to plant the seed of an ideal condition from which a sustainable community can grow and flourish from a radically sustainable building made with recycled materials. With a budget of US$70000, the Kapita Earthship Community Centre is to house a community bank, a mini library, a dispensary, offices and a food bank. Local labour will be wholly volunteered, so no labour costs.
The people living in remotest of Malawi have been building houses from rammed earth and dirt since time immemorial. Recently, Empower Malawi, a local NGO which is coordinating this project introduced the people of Kapita area to principles of permaculture and practices as one way of ensuring true sustainable living and development. We now want to teach the people a more improved, durable, sustainable and radical method of building with rammed earth- building an Earthship the Earthship Biotecture way. This will be the first of its kind in Malawi and the people of Kapita will host this learning process and camp for other locals and internationals willing to learn.
To help the people realise their dream of owning an Earthship, Empower Malawi has partnered with Earthship Biotecture (USA) to help design a most versatile and economical sustainable green building. An Earthship Biotecture team will fly into Malawi to teach the people and together build the green community centre in the second quarter of 2013.
Other additional information.
Kapita/Zatuba is located in the vast but sparsely populated Northern Region district of Mzimba in Malawi. It forms part of the wider south-east Mzimba political constituency. Located between Viphya Forest and Nkhota-kota Game Reserve, Kapita is accessible via a bumpy and filthy earth road which sometimes becomes impassable during the rainy season. The nearest market servicing Kapita is 60kms away while the nearest town is over 120kms where health and financial services are also found. From Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi, Kapita is about 5 hours of continuous driving. Despite Kapita area being endowed with numerous fruits, vegetables and coffee, about 70% of the fruits and vegetables are lost due to lack of market. This has led to the community shifting to the devastating tobacco farming which is losing value on both the national and international market and has already caused great forestry damage. Kapita has huge potential to become a centre of development for the wider south-east Mzimba.
The primary objective of the project is to fight against systemic poverty and climate change through the promotion of sustainable livelihood and household income generation.
• To build a spacious Earthship Community Centre in Zatuba Village- Malawi to house a community bank, a nursery school, a community hall, a dispensary, a library and offices.
• To provide an internship opportunity to local and international individuals willing to acquire skills in sustainable building using the Earthship Biotecture principles
• To set the pace and provide a direction for those who want to promote sustainable housing in Malawi
Impacts on policy/advocacy/sustainability and replicability
The project directly responds to the Millennium Development Goals specifically of alleviating poverty, environmental management and education for all. The project contributes to the government and global fight against climate change by promoting environmental friendly sustainable building to protect the existing forest reserves. It further contributes to the international and governments of Malawi’s efforts in the promotion of alternative and sustainable energy sources other than oil and natural gas.
The sustainability of this project lies in the effective community participation. The project itself is an outcome of a participatory vision workshop. Generated income through the different income generating activities will be fed back into the project. The generated funds will be used for project expansion and maintenance of the centre.
The project managers are Kapita Development Committee (KDC), with help and support of Empower Malawi Limited (Empower Malawi) - a local not for profit organisation registered under the laws of Malawi as an NGO and an initiative of Empower Inc. (Australia), and Earthship Biotecture (USA).
Appreciation, by Africa Earthship Project Facilitator Shannoh Kandoh
- I am sure by now, all of you must have arrived home after doing a fantastic job on the Earthship Goderich Waldorf School Building project in Sierra Leone. The community, teachers and children are so grateful and proud of your work which has added a new look to the Rokel community. With the build, people are visiting every day to look at the structure with insatiable wonder. I am pleased to let you know that the local volunteers are doing well at building the other classrooms and will be able to complete the whole structure.
- Please accept our compliments for making our dream of a child friendly school environment come true. You can personally say that, With your participation and contributions, children in the Rokel community have opportunity to go to school.
- Thanks so much for being part of this great achievement..
God bless you all.
Earthship Biotecture offerred 10 internship places on the build in Sierra Leone, Africa in October of 2011. The chosen interns worked alongside Michael Reynolds, the Earthship crew and 30 local interns.
The project is a Waldorf school, with catch water, drainage and economical solar power systems. Interns receive the wonderful currency of knowledge in return for their hard work. In addition to free lunch, served on site each day.
This internship filled up quickly with a long waiting list.
This is an explanation of how the Earthship Biotecture concepts can be applied to Freetown, Sierra Leon in Africa following a visit to the area by Michael Reynolds. The concepts were very well received and this document is meant to delineate how to take the first step. It is addressed to the politicos of Freetown but it really applies to all third world countries and should be understood by all countries.
From an intern on the Africa Earthship project - October, 2011.
I hope you are well. I want to thank you for your great hospitality and effort during our trip to Sierra Leone. The trip was a life changing experience for me and many others I am sure.
The Earthship crew and about twenty interns stayed in one concrete house with a tin roof while building the Earthship school in Sierra Leone. There were two bathrooms.
Sinks with no plumbing, a hole in the floor for a bucket shower and a toilet with tank not hooked up to water. It was a bucket flush... but there was no water. Water had to be hauled in for both shower and flushing. This meant that most of the time there was no water to flush with. So things got a bit stacked up in the toilet. This is how life is in third world countries.
Hope you’ve settled down l back home, barely two weeks since you left the shores of Sierra Leone. Today is Thanksgiving Day in Liberia and a public holiday. For me it has been a time for reflection and thankfulness for God’s goodness through your awesome work.
Thanks so much for your support and the great time we spent together. It continues to be my prayer that as you brought joy to our children, your lives will be filled with favor and peace. Whatever good and noble desires you have will come to success. Making my dream come true through your work and sacrifices is a testimony that yours is possible no matter how long it takes.
Please find the latest photo of the local build. It is their first handwork. They're on plastering the third main classroom after completion they proceed to next. They said 14 days is realistic to work on each classroom.
by Sam Elliott, Earthship Africa Project Manager
photo credit: Robert Eke
10 DAYS, 68 CREW, 92 KIDS, 200 LOCALS.
A Pay-it-Forward Project
Teaching locals OUR techniques
to build THEIR Earthship School.
This October 9th, a crew of 28 like minded folk met in Lungi Airport, Sierra Leone. Our mission was to build an Earthship Waldorf school in the Rokel Community, 14km east of Freetown. Among these 28, were 10 Earthship Crew, 7 Return-Interns, and 11 Humanitarian Interns all Lead by Mr. Mike Reynolds.
Arriving by bus into Rokel at 2am, we peered out the windows to see small candles light up the faces and waves of our new friends as they gathered outside their homes. 10 nationalities piled into our humble abode. We all stood around the table slightly jaded by our situation, took a second, and then began setting up mosquito nets by headlamp. All snuggly set-up, we nestled in for a some well needed z’s.
Earthship Malawi, Africa.
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