SOS Universal Children’s Day Foundation presents its new solidary project “The Garden of Eden”. A solidary complex located in the town of Kabrousse, Casamance Region, in the South of Senegal. The design of the camp has been made possible thanks to the altruistic collaboration of the Estudio de Arquitectura Mesura, a solid multidisciplinary team of professionals from the entire field of architecture, construction and design, who have wanted to be involved in the project since its inception, designing what will be, in the future, a solidarity complex that will host several social projects in itself, as well as eight cabins for volunteers who want to visit the region and collaborate in SOS Foundation projects.
“The Garden of Eden” is born from the illusion and desire to promote a form of travel based on respect of travelers towards the people and places they visit through a deeper approach to the reality of the country and a positive cultural exchange between both parties. Besides contributing to the economic development of the area with lodging in places managed by the community, consuming fair trade products and visiting and collaborating in solidary projects carried out there.
The Garden of Eden will consist of several solidary projects:
- Dispensary and Health Center:
With the functioning dispensary and a daily consultation regimen with a health technician, the aim is to prevent and treat malnutrition, diarrhoeal and infectious syndromes in general, malaria, HIV, etc… Through talks and workshops, awareness will be raised among the village and other nearby populations to take appropriate hygienic and sanitary measures, acquiring a culture of prevention and health care.
- Sewing workshop and Shop:
Construction of workshops where young women can develop a work activity. It proposes a pathway for the professional insertion of young women with two years of training and technical specialization, where young women will acquire the habits of professional and wage work that are required to be able to compete in the labor market. In addition, this cooperative should operate as a self-sustainable business, thanks to the marketing of products in the Camp store, thus facilitating their labour insertion.
Throughout the year, development workers, volunteers and friends of the SOS Foundation Universal Children’s Day, as well as other entities, will be able to stay in the solidary complex. All that is collected from the accommodation will be used to finance and supply the projects that are part of the camp (health centre, workshop/store, workshop materials, etc.) and to help finance other projects in the area. Visitors may, if they wish, carry out different workshops for the local population in the different areas of the Garden of Eden camp.
The solidary complex designed by MESURA has been created from three parameters: local materials, sustainable construction strategies, volumetry integrated into the environment. Local materials: after an in-depth study of the surroundings and its materials, it was decided to use local materials (the concept of basic sustainability) but giving them an abstract treatment different from that traditionally used in the area.
Sustainable construction strategies; there are three main architectural systems applied:
- On the one hand, we have the plinth: the element that distributes the site, enclose it, solves technical problems such as humidity and generates pedestals.
- The roof: it solves the main climatic problems of the place, the sun, the heat and the rains. It is treated as the main element, and its geometry and materiality will give texture and shape to the complex.
- Finally, there are the walls: the wall as a distributing element of space, and the pillars as a structural element. The walls will also provide intimacy and climatic inertia.