DIASPORA PROPOSAL

INITIATIVE: BUILDING OF TWO BED ROOM SELF CONTAINED HOUSES FOR DIASPORAS

LOCAL MATERIALS

LATERITE: this is the main building material and it is found mostly everywhere.

Bamboo: a good building material with great tensile strength. It can be used to replace iron in concrete reinforcement. It can also be used in the making of windows and doors. Finally a good substitute of iron in the making of burglar proof.

Acacia: it is largely grown for its use as firewood and the making of charcoal. It can be grown everywhere and it can be a good substitute for timber. Acacia when treated is as good as other timbers used in building. Resorting to the use of acacia in lieu of timber will help save our deteriorating forest. We can make window frames, window panels, door frames and door panels with treated acacia. Farmers may be encouraged to grow them for the purpose of replacing timber.

Coconut/palm tree logs: coconut and palm tree logs can also be a good source of building material. Their fiber content makes them good to be used as columns and beams in houses. They can be cuts into boards and therefore be used to make doors, windows and roof structures.

TECHNOLOGY

Appropriate Technology (Aprotech) is coupled with technologies that make it design and construction unique. Our aim is not just making the construction of a houses affordable but also the running of the houses.

We look to install rain water harvesting technology plus a biogas system and a backyard garden. This will facilitate the smooth running of a house by saving the tenant from paying for water and gas. Every house will have a space to do a backyard gardening, this is made possible as a result of the nitrogen rich effluent from the biogas system.

RAIN WATER HARVESTING

As part of Appropriate Technology Housing Concept (ATHC) we install roof gutters to collect rain water and direct them via a PVC pipe into a reservoir underground. The reservoir will hold enough water for use by the tenant.

BIOGAS SYSTEMS/ BIOLATRIN

This is a waste treatment system design to take all organic waste (from the kitchen and the human waste) into a digester that releases gas as methane for cooking.

WOOD/BAMBOO TREATMENT TECHNOLOGY

The bamboo, acacia, coconut and palm tree logs shall be treated before use in order for them to withstand insect attack.

They will be boiled in salt water and then roasted on fire. This is to allow the salt to fill up the pores in the wood making it unattractive to bugs.

Solar Lighting

Aprotech will incorporate in his design the installation of solar power using its own made inverters. This is to keep every home entirely off the grid and to train the youth here in Ghana experts in solar.

Organic Gardening

As Africans we are an outdoor creatures and our livelihood reflects what we are in the things we do and gardening is one part. It’s fun to see the African walk to his/her garden in the morning to pick up what he/she is going to eat. We incorporate gardening in our design to reactivate the African culture of living.

PREFEASIBILTY STUDY

Diasporas come to Ghana to leave in hotels is a sign that they are visiting. From the days of Marcus Garvey till now many leaders from different backgrounds are advocating for the return of Africans to Africa not to visit but to stay. It’s all in the news how Africans are not welcomed in the United States of America. Stories of black brutality is a sign that they should come home and make Africa their empire.

FEASIBILTY STUDY

Aprotech Ghana in conjunction with Oiada International see it as a necessity to house Africans who are returning to Africa, to live here and pay visit to the United States. The usual order of coming to Africa to visit and living in the United States as home should be reversed. This is our call and our initiative in providing an affordable two bedroom self-contained apartments in wait for them.

PROPOSED STRUCTURES

The name for the type of housing scheme will be called the” Appropriate Technology Housing Scheme” with assistance being provided by Oiada International an American NGO based in Cape

Coast.

APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY HOUSING SCHEME: It is desired to enable the people of this country to acquire decent housing accommodation; the cost of houses presently built is beyond the financial means of the greater proportion of the population: it is therefore necessary to promote research in, and the construction of houses using cheaper local materials, in order to increase the housing stock of the country. It is in this regard Aprotech Ghana is involved in the use of locally made building materials to minimize the cost on housing.

The Core Housing Design

Houses must be designed and built according to the need and convenience of the user. A sleeping place, kitchen and bathroom/toilet facility should be the most prerequisite of every design. The rest being extra and they get added on as and when they are needed. As the family is growing more rooms are built around the core to accommodate the number.

ESTIMATE AND COST

The cost and estimate of one complete self-contained is shown in the excel below

ESTIMATE OF BRICK HOUSE.xlsx

The cost of land, logistics and the house is totaled at $25,000. This can be paid in installment of 25% upon agreement to commence construction.

AprotechGhana and Global Resolve from Arizona

GlobalResolve is a social entrepreneurship program at Arizona State University (ASU) in the College of Technology and Innovation (CTI), whose goal is to create sustainable communities by developing technology solutions to address global poverty and subsequently build community ventures around the solutions, therefore encouraging local economic development.

PROJECT TEAMS
Each semester undergraduate and graduate students across all ASU disciplines enroll in on of several project-based GlobalResolve courses; students are provided academic instruction on designing solutions for the developing world, as well as forming project teams to address a community-identified problem for hands-on experience. Projects are based in a variety of communities – from Glendale, Arizona to the Navajo Nation to villages around the globe. Working cohesively with community members, students develop technologies or products that help solve concerns such as clean water, waste management, energy, health, education, etc.

A team consists of 3-4 students, ASU faculty advisors, an Arizona community mentor, and a community partner. Teams will work through all stages of the project development – from understanding the community through research to designing solutions to monitoring and long term sustainability. Projects will continue, as needed, beyond each semester with new students replacing former team members, thus creating a long-term sustainable solution.
Aprotechghana and Global resolve seems to share a common interest in sustainable development.
Below is their link http://www.globalresolve.asu.edu

Kofi Sam’s Model of African Self-Sufficiency

photo courtesy Radio Open Source

From Radio Open Source

Christopher Lydon’s conversation with Kofi Sam (Audio)

We are making the full village rounds here in Aburanza, near Cape Coast, with a strong-minded, strong-willed modern chief. From furniture works to dress-making class to palm-nut oil pots, Dr. Kofi Sam is barking out variations on his evangelical theme: West Africa can provide the essentials for itself (food, clothing, shelter and healthcare) if only it first licks a second AIDS crisis — the Acquired Import Dependency Syndrome.

Kofi Sam, who graduated from high school in the 1950s with Kofi Annan of the UN, is a cheerful misfit in the Ghanaian elite. He is an engineer with English training and now a compelling Ghanaian vision, however eccentric. He ran steel works in Ghana back in the day, and held the Housing ministry in Jerry Rawlings’ military government in the 1980s. But he was all the while getting more focused on “appropriate technology” for tropical Africa — on finding modern designs and materials, that is, for the climate and culture of a hot, poor place. Tight denim blue jeans make an interesting Western fashion statement, as he might say, but what is their place in Africa? And what is all that Scandinavian concrete doing in new Ghanaian housing?

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