Project Description

Our newest project is a collaboration with Intsikelelo and Go Pro For A Cause to build a home for orphans and vulnerable children in the informal settlement of Langbos. Intsikelelo’s mission is to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children in South Africa by developing and supporting community-driven initiatives and connecting them to the world. Our cal-earth student Quintin Christian will be assisting to build the orphanage in PE with super adobe in Feb 2017

Key information:

  • Home for up to 12 orphans and vulnerable children and rotating caregivers
  • Earthbag building method inspired by traditional earth building methods of local people
  • Earthbag building method will also allow for training & employment of local team of builders
  • Design includes four domes: central dome for communal living, dining & study space, separate domes for boys’ bedroom and girls’ bedroom, with caregiver bedroom dome in between
  • Design allows for two separate modes during day and night: Open and playful during the day, private and secure at night
  • Currently fundraising to cover building costs as well as start-up operating costs of the Home for first two years

Langbos represents the poorest of the poor among rural communities in the Eastern Cape and greater South Africa.  The informal settlement does not have access to basic amenities such as electricity, running water, or paved roads.  The community also suffers from high levels of HIV and TB. The design for the Langbos Children’s Home is influenced by the local culture and style in Langbos, and the home also incorporates various sustainable design elements such as earthbag building, rainwater harvesting, and renewable energy systems.  Most of all, it will create a safe and nurturing home for the children in Langbos who need it most.

Project Details

  • Date: Feb 2017 – April 2017
  • Location: Langbos, Port Elizabeth
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