Appreciation, by Africa Earthship Project Facilitator Shannoh Kandoh

  • I am sure by now, all of you must have arrived home after doing a fantastic job on the Earthship Goderich Waldorf School Building project in Sierra Leone. The community, teachers and children are so grateful and proud of your work which has added a new look to the Rokel community. With the build, people are visiting every day to look at the structure with insatiable wonder. I am pleased to let you know that the local volunteers are doing well at building the other classrooms and will be able to complete the whole structure.
  • Please accept our compliments for making our dream of a child friendly school environment come true. You can personally say that, With your participation and contributions, children in the Rokel community have opportunity to go to school.
  • Thanks so much for being part of this great achievement..
    God bless you all.
    Shannoh

 

Earthship Biotecture offerred 10 internship places on the build in Sierra Leone, Africa in October of 2011. The chosen interns worked alongside Michael Reynolds, the Earthship crew and 30 local interns.

The project is a Waldorf school, with catch water, drainage and economical solar power systems. Interns receive the wonderful currency of knowledge in return for their hard work. In addition to free lunch, served on site each day.

This internship filled up quickly with a long waiting list.

Shannoh began teaching classes to child soldiers and displaced orphans in 2002 on the beach. This later evolved to a tarp hut on the shore.The deal was, if you come to class and learn, you receive donated food and shelter in the hut for the night. This took a large number of kids off the streets and out of unfavorable job options. The school has grown immensely in the last ten years, they have purchased land and now all students are housed with foster families in the area.

The Earthship Recon mission assisted in the further planning for this project. Local architectural techniques were reviewed to help determine appropriate development for this coastal area. Access, availability and general on-site staging has occured. Collection and researching of local recyclable material began.

The Earthship Biotecture crew builds four class rooms (also called ‘petals’) in 10 days. Two petals completed (one with plumbing and power), and two more are started. An internship is set-up for local workers. We train 20 people in 10 days. They are paid by the school to complete any unfinished work once we leave. Next, an additional 4 petals are added to complete the “Flower”.

The building’s overall size is larger to accommodate the 35 children per class, a total of almost 200 students by the end of the build!

Using recycled materials, rebar and cement, we build vaults for the class rooms. There is a restroom with a flush toilet and sink. Water is supplied by a roof catchment system. The extreme rainy season experienced in this part of the Globe allows enough water to be stored for the rest of the year. There is a small power system in each room. This system has two lights and allows the teacher to have power for charging phones, or laptops.

The plan is ever evolving…