Studio Mada is a team comprised of young Norwegian Architects working with a Zimbabwe School that’s currently lacking the resources to provide safe buildings to teach in. They came up with the idea to crowdfund a brick press, which would enable the school to make their own high-quality mud bricks so they can build urgently needed teaching space, one brick at a time. There’s less than a day left to turn your clicks into bricks for the school, so please CLICK HERE TO SUPPORT THE PROJECT ON INDIEGOGO >
Madangombe Primary School in Zimbabwe’s Chivi region has 850 pupils, half of whom have lost one or both parents. Due to its rapid growth they are desperately short of educational infrastructure. Their priority is to build a kindergarten with 6 classrooms to house their 120 pupils in the Early Child Development program, and to do this they urgently need to raise $35,000 USD. Their current Indiegogo campaign is aiming for $5,000, and they only have one day left to meet that goal.
The school already places a high value on sustainable education. Students grow much of their own food in the school’s vegetable gardens, and both composting and cultivation of the soil are part of their learning program. This training in the utilization of land resources, hygiene, and processing of self-produced food is laying the groundwork for children to build their own kitchen gardens in their home communities.
Buying a brick press is an investment that will benefit the whole community. It’s easy to handle and will provide the community with an extra avenue of income. The Compressed Stabilized Earth Block is a cheap and sustainable building material that utilizes local soil, and very little cement compared to the regular bricks. Only 3-5 percent cement is added to the soil to increase its strength and durability.