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Joseph Njenga

EMPOWERMENT Series 03

Joseph Njenga

To celebrate the people featured in our current EMPOWERMENT exhibition, we are continuing to release short vignette films taking a closer look at their individual stories. Above is the story of Joseph, a young man who worked closely with us to build our recent Nakuru Project in Kenya.

EMPO...

George Kuria

EMPOWERMENT Series 02

George Kuria

To celebrate the people featured in our current EMPOWERMENT exhibition, we are continuing to release short vignette films taking a closer look at their individual stories. Above is the story of Kuria, a local mason who worked closely with us to build our recent Nakuru Project in Kenya.

EMPOWERMENT explores the...

Hellen Nyambura Kamau

EMPOWERMENT Series 01

Hellen Nyambura Kamau

To celebrate the people featured in our current EMPOWERMENT exhibition, we will be releasing short vignette films over the course of the exhibition. This is the story of Hellen, an inspirational woman who worked closely with us to build our recent Nakuru Project in Kenya.

EMPOWERMENT explore...

EMPOWERMENT: The Film

EMPOWERMENT, an exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, explores the potential of the process of building to affect social change in the developing world. The film, made by Jonny Campbell, introduces some of the characters involved in our Nakuru Project in Kenya, and looks at the impact this project has had on a local community.

The exhibiti...

Seven Years

This month we celebrate our seven year birthday! In 2007, three students of architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture, James Mitchell, Julissa Kiyenje and Su Mei Tan, came up with a plan to help a deprived community in Julissa's home country, Uganda. Frustrated by the 'star' culture of architecture taught in the UK, we were eager to put o...

Swawou Project Update

Many of you will have followed our progress on the Swawou Project in Sierra Leone earlier this year. In support of the Swawou Layout Community School of Girls in Kenema, we began construction on a new school facility capable of serving up to 120 pupils back in February. 

In May the site was closed and since that time the country, particular...

Nakuru Project Week 8 - To Those We Love

Chalk hit plywood as a long list of finishing jobs was hung on the first floor landing of the near complete St Jerome's Centre in Nakuru, Kenya. The daunting task ahead was met with eager enthusiasm, just enough to get us through a full week of early starts and late nights. Before the children had even moved in, the beds became frequently occupi...

Nakuru Project Week 7 - Hustle and Bustle

This week the atmosphere on site has transformed rapidly with the usual hustle and bustle increasing again as teams of plumbers and electricians started to weave pipework and cables through the building, on top of teams of people paving, painting, trimming, cutting and tiling.

The forest of timber columns we had previously enjoyed on the firs...

Nakuru Project Week 6 - Fitness First

Fresh from our weekend break and keen to press on, we pinned up a daunting finishing schedule on the wall and began the final three weeks with renewed energy and bolstered by some extra pairs of hands provided by the trustees and some of the kids from St. Jeromes.

With plumbing, electrics, tiling and rendering the earthbag walls all beginning, ...

Nakuru Project Week 5 - Hippo Hurricane

During week 5 we began the process of transforming the bare frame of our building into something we could inhabit. We quickly completed infilling the frame with joists, which meant that the process of fitting the first floor floorboards could begin. Alongside this we poured the concrete slab for the ground floor, (meaning that the the hard hats ...