A View From The Roof

Almost exactly a year ago I arrived in the community of Sachibondu for the first time. Upon arrival, I found a large network of trenches and enormous stacks of earth bricks. I was to spend the next twelve weeks working on the initial phase of the hospital that will soon service this area of North West Zambia. These few months would prove to b...

Work on Sachibondu Hospital Resumes

Last year we spent six months in Zambia's Northwest Province, just a few miles from the Democratic Republic of Congo border, starting work on a new First-Level Hospital in place of the old Sachibondu Rural Health Centre. Work was paused at the end of October 2016 as the long and heavy wet season set in. With the rains now passed, the Orkidstudio...

Exhibition of Contemporary Art

Join us for a exhibition of contemporary art in support of our Sachibondu Hospital project.

7th & 8th December, 17.30 - 21.30, Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow, Scotland.

To browse the artwork on sale, please see below. If you can't make it and would like to purchase any of the work, please email jill@orkidstudio.co.uk to express an inte...

Sachibondu - Designing for Health

For the past 10 weeks, we have been working on a project we’re incredibly excited about - the first phase of what will become the new Sachibondu Hospital, delivering a significant upgrade in facilities status with the Zambian Ministry of Health and enabling the provision of better critical health support to tens of thousands of people from remot...

Back on Site in Sierra Leone

Two years ago, at the start of 2014, we started work on the Swawou Layout Primary School for Girls in Kenema, Sierra Leone. After five months, and with a building nearing completion, we were forced to stop work due to the rapidly growing Ebola virus outbreak. Kenema, in the east, received the country's first confirmed cases of Ebola and fast bec...

Hellen's House Revisited

It's been 7 months since we completed Hellen's house in Nakuru, Kenya. The house was built from money lent by Orkidstudio to Hellen and included 10 chickens. With a 5 year plan, Hellen has met every repayment so far and is beginning to grow her egg-laying business gradually.

Hellen has never owned a house or land before, and with 8 children to su...

Kuk Project - Leaving Before Completion

Finishing a building is normally one of the more obvious aims of any construction project, but what happens when other factors get in the way and completion is no longer a certainty? Over the past year or so we've found that not only can this be a good thing, it can in fact be the making of a project.

This year, rain seems to have been the const...

Kuk Project - Youth Farming in Cameroon

From South East Asia, we have headed back to more familiar surroundings in sub-Saharan Africa where we are currently building an Agricultural Training Centre for the community of Kuk village in Cameroon. Kuk is located in the Anglophone north-western region of Cameroon, set deep in a remote valley where barely-passable access roads serve at leas...

Bomnong L'or Week 8 - Finish Line

After eight wet and challenging weeks, we were delighted to welcome the children who had so eagerly been awaiting the opening of their new centre. With a large number of local children spending the majority of each day either playing or learning at the community centre, there was much excitement to explore and discover the range of new spaces on...

Bomnong L'or Week 7 - Brick Sky

Last Sunday we began making plans for the final fornight constructing new facilities for the Goodwill (Bomnong L'or) Centre in Sihanoukville, Cambodia. A list of jobs was drawn up and a daily schedule pinned up on the wall. With a mere twelve days left and major components such as the roofing, floors and internal walls still not started, our pro...