WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING

The Village of Hope is located on an old farm in Grabouw, South Africa, 60km east of Cape Town. They provide a safe and loving home for children infected or affected by HIV, AIDS and TB as well as educating and caring for children in the communities of Grabouw through sports-based social outreach and a support group for HIV+ adolescents.


Eco Design Architects was involved in a design and build project at the Village of Hope in Grabouw. We ran a strawbale building workshop to assist in building and training the students from Stuttgart University in Germany.

Building ready to recieve strawbales
Building ready to recieve strawbales
Dry stacking bales
Dry stacking bales
Dry stacking bales
Dry stacking bales
Nearing the end of day one
Nearing the end of day one
Interior wall
Interior wall
Clay sifting
Clay sifting
Workshop Participation
Workshop Participation
Workshop Participation 2
Workshop Participation 2
Mixing clay slip
Mixing clay slip
Perfectly sized bath
Perfectly sized bath
Moving the strawbales
Moving the strawbales
Bales left to dry
Bales left to dry
Cobbing the smaller spaces
Cobbing the smaller spaces
Making progress
Making progress
Nearing completion
Nearing completion
Knocking in stakes
Knocking in stakes
Window opening
Window opening
Scope of remaining work
Scope of remaining work
Men from the community
Men from the community
Starting to get a feel for the spaces
Starting to get a feel for the spaces
 
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