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Construction, Development and Innovation

This time last week Sheila Windridge, founder of Edirisa UK, touched down in London after her two week trip to Uganda to check up on all of our projects. One of the most exciting of those projects is a construction enterprise in association with Uganda Martyrs’ University.

Architecture students from the university’s faculty of the Built Environment are embarking on a project to design and plan an orphanage, nursery school and crafts workshop for the community of Rubona. The Rubona Women’s Group and Orphan Care began in a response to a high number of orphaned children and widowed women in the community. The women make local crafts and invest the profits back in to their community.

The initiative was started by Gyaviira Turinawe in 2007 and in 2010 Edirisa UK decided to support their work by donating knitting and sewing machines and fundraising for much needed building projects. When Marga Jann and Mark Olweny from Uganda Martyrs’ University decided they wanted to help we were delighted, and after the students’ visit to Rubona plans are well under way.

It is anticipated that the project will take 2 years to complete with construction scheduled to begin in 2012. One thing the students were amazed by is the stunning location. Set high on a hill the site has wonderful views over the islands of Lake Bunyonyi and the students intend to work with the natural resources to produce the power needed (solar and wind). The site will include vegetable and fruit gardens as well as water harvesting tanks to eradicate the need for lengthy water collections.

The students plan to use bamboo, eucalyptus, earth bricks, wood and local stone in the construction which will be funded by Edirisa UK.

We really hope to boost the comfort and productivity of this wonderful community that shows great compassion, community spirit and entrepreneurship. Just as Sheila was leaving the village she was gifted by a great example of their ingenuity. The picture below shows a young boy with the wooden bicycle that he made. It doesn’t have peddles but the wheels turn perfectly and it certainly makes for a quick trip down hill!

Wooden bike

Wooden bike

Wooden bike

Wooden bike

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