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Swawou Primary School for Girls

Swawou Primary School for Girls – Two years ago, in February 2014, Orkidstudio broke ground on a new girls’ school in Kenema, in the eastern region of the country, employing as many as seventy men and women from the local community each day. The Swawou Foundation sought to provide extensive new learning facilities for up to 120 young girls from the local area. First set up in 2009 by Ahmed Jaward and Kirsty Wood... Read more

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Nakuru Children’s Home

Nakuru Children’s Home -Built with a diverse group from a small Kikuyu community in the rapidly developing agricultural outskirts of Nakuru (Kenya), Orkidstudio’s construction of a home for disadvantaged and abandoned children has kickstarted a journey towards an improved built environment for all the community. Challenging the typology of the typical African orphanage where children sleep en mass in large dormitories, the new home limits each room to just four children... Read more

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Hellen's House
Hellen’s House

Hellen’s House – Since the independence of most African states in the 1960s, development of these low income countries has tended to look to their former colonial rulers as a benchmark. Most noticeably, in construction, this has led to an increasing influx of concrete, metal and glass building, both in rural and urban contexts. Materials, such as earth, which once characterised much of sub-Saharan vernacular architectures, are now symbols of a backward society; of a past best forgotten... Read more

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