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New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids
Posted By Tafline Laylin On February 4, 2013 @ 5:43 pm In Architecture,Cargotecture,carousel showcase,gallery,humanitarian design,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment
Two sisters established the orphanage in 2000 in order to care for children in the Midrand who have been either abandoned or orphaned because of poverty, HIV or other social problems. Due to expansion, New Jerusalem orphanage commissioned 4D and A to build new houses for the children, whose ages range from infancy to 16. Recycled shipping containers  were chosen as the main building material because they are 25 percent cheaper than conventional brick and mortar homes.
Each unit  contains enough space for twelve children and a house mother, and two houses share a communal kitchen, dining and lounge area. These are all vibrant, inspiring spaces that not only make the orphans feel loved and special, but also help to stimulate their stunted development.
Of course, funding for the project is hard to come by. Whilst a host of private donors, NGOs, businesses and the Department of Social Development have lent a hand, New Jerusalem Orphanage  is actively seeking more funding so they can continue the most important work of nourishing the bodies and minds of these fortunate children.
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URLs in this post:
 recycled shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/tag/recycled-shipping-containers/
 The New Jerusalem Orphanage: http://www.newjerusalemchildrenshome.org.za/
 4D and A Architects: http://4da.co.za
 Dennis Guichard: http://www.dennisguichard.com
 Recycled shipping containers: http://inhabitat.com/the-vissershok-school-is-a-colorful-shipping-container-classroom-for-kids-in-south-africa/
 Each unit: http://inhabitat.com/compact-shipping-container-house-challenges-space-requirements-in-colorado/
 Safintra Roofing and Steel: http://www.safintra.co.za
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