Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

 
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    AVN opens superb new office in Senegal
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN Vice-President
    On May 24, 2014, AVN inaugurated its permanent office in Senegal, built by NV masons from Burkina Faso and Senegal. So the AVN-Senegal team, created in 2013, now has a permanent office and show-house, open to the public, to be used as a base for promoting the NV concept throughout the country - in particular in the regions...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 1 donation
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Results of the 2013/2014 Season
    By - Tony Kaye - Vice-President, AVN
    The NV program in Burkina Faso is growing very successfully – in fact, during the last construction season, the growth rate, in terms of numbers of NV buildings constructed, has been 13% over target: 100 NV buildings completed, with a further 45 under construction. The completed buildings include 35 NV houses for...
    • 4 months ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Program Update
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN Vice-President
    The scaling up of AVN's program in West Africa is now becoming a reality: - there are now 10 regional AVN offices, including 5 in Burkina Faso (Boromo, Dedougou, Koubri, Bama, Yako), 3 in Mali (Segou, Dioila, Koutiala), and 2 in Senegal (Podor, Thies), with 30 local salaried staff in total (including 6 women), and 84...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 1 donation
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    La Voute Nubienne: results and impacts 2012/2013
    By - Giulio Cocchini - Project Manager
    The 14th Nubian Vault construction season has begun, and it will be a crucial one for the Association La Voute Nubienne. As our director Thomas Granier pointed out, the AVN bus is now ready and functioning in all its main component parts: the steering wheel (the local teams, increasingly composed by local employees in their...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 1 donation
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 12 donations
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Forthcoming opening of AVN's program in Ghana and Benin
    By - Giulio Cocchini - Fund Raising Manager
    After the successful opening of AVN-Senegal, we are glad to announce you that we are ready for a new scaling up of our program. Awareness on qualities of Nubian Vault buildings is spreading: more and more people want NV for their houses, schools, health centers, barns... Also, the effectiveness of AVN's pump-priming...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has made updates to their project page.
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has made updates to their project page.
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    AVN now established in Senegal
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN President
    A permanent AVN team now established Following the successful completion of a technical training center by NV masons in the region of Matam, a permanent AVN team has now been established in Senegal: in April, Khady Ly, Fanny Dupuis and Ndiame Fall set up office in the town of Thiès. Khady Ly, from Thiès, has...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Mid-season results / Disaster relief project / UN Habitat Dubai Award
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN President
    Mid-season results Half-way through the 2012/13 season (at the end of March) , the latest results showed consistent progress in the growth of AVN's Program in West Africa. Since the start of the 2012/13 season, the following, very encouraging, results have been achieved:-  new regions of activity, each with their own...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    First AVN workshop for Women
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN President
    On Feb 13th and 14th, the first workshop for Burkinabé women involved in the AVN program was held in Boromo. The participants came from 6 different regions of Burkina Faso, and included wives of VN masons, local 'champions' of the program, and future extension agents and 'ambassadors'. This workshop, the first one...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Results of the 2011/12 season
    By - Tony Kaye - President, Association la Voute Nubienne
      Summary of Overall Results & Impacts  The 2011/12 construction season has shown a steady growth in the results and impacts of our Program in West Africa (Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, and Mauritania); 2,400 linear metres of vaults built, for 174 new clients 82% of NV projects were for housing (142 out...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 17 donations
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    POSTCARD: Project Site Visit
    By - Shonali Banerjee and Aliza Appelbaum - GlobalGiving In-The-Field Representatives
    Shonali Banerjee and Aliza Appelbaum are In-The-Field Representatives for GlobalGiving.  They are visiting projects in Morocco, Spain and France.  Here is their most recent "postcard" from France:  On Thursday, August 16, 2012, Aliza and I had the great pleasure of meeting with Baptise Cammareri, newly...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has made updates to their project page.
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Photos from the 2011/12 Construction Season
    By - Tony Kaye - President, Association la Voute Nubienne
    2011/ 12 Construction Season Masons trained through AVN's program - a program financed in part by your donations, along with other sources - continue to build more and more NV houses, schools, churches, and mosques, in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal. Photos of some examples of recent constructions are included with this...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Major international recognition for AVN Program & Updates from the field
    By - Tony Kaye - President, Association la Voute Nubienne
    International recognition AVN's model of social entrepreneurship has recently been recognised by three major organisations: - AVN is one of 18 semi-finalists (out of 122 submissions) for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2012; the review team who chose AVN as a semi-finalist said that they were : "... very impressed with...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Two NV houses in Mutakwa village
    By - Tony Kaye - President, Association la Voute Nubienne
    Since my report of three months back, we have been looking into ways of continuing and scaling up our pilot program in Zambia; this would involve setting up one or more partnerships or franchises with local organizations, and recruiting a project manager to coordinate the program. Progress is being made, and our medium-term...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Start of 2011/12 Season; New Website
    By - Tony Kaye - President, Association la Voute Nubienne
    NV Masons' Congresses The 2011/12 construction season kicked off in October with regional masons' congresses in Boromo, Burkina Faso, and in Segou, Mali, as well as  a sub-regional seminar  in Boromo . The local AVN-Burkina and AVN-Mali teams took part, as well as Thomas Granier, Bruno Jarno (AVN statistician)...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Results & Impacts of the AVN Program by 2011
    By - Tony Kaye - President, Association la Voute Nubienne
    In September this year, we had a chance to collate the necessary data to provide a review the impacts of the last ten years' work by AVN and its network of masons; the results are very encouraging:  Since the start of the program, 1309 vaults have been built by Nubian vault (NV) masons and entrepreneurs, for 533...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 11 donations
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    A tribute from Canadian film-maker Brian Bragason
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    Toronto-based independent film maker Brian Bragason visited AVN in Burkina Faso and in France earlier this year. He is making a documentary celebrating the work of Laurie Baker, Hassan Fathy, and La Voute Nubienne, all visionaries in building affordable and environmentally sustainable architecture for the poor in the...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has made updates to their project page.
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Good news from AVN-Mali
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    The first phase (Sept 2008 - August 2011) of the unrolling of AVN’s Program in Mali Août 2011, has now ended. It is the first regional program of its kind to be implemented outside Burkina Faso, and has included:  a pilot test of the AVN pump-priming strategy (the Dendjola Pilot Village Deployment...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has made updates to their project page.
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Results of the 2010/11 construction season
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    The 2010/11 construction season in the Sahel is now drawing to a close, as the rains will be starting next month. The results are very promising, and demonstrate how successfully the program is growing. The 400 or so NV masons and apprentices have built this season, since September 2010, the equivalent of 1800 linear meters...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    AVN's Program in Senegal
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    Until recently, the main thrust of AVN's work has been in Burkina Faso, and over the border in neighbouring regions of southern Mali. But three years ago, we started getting requests from several organisations for sending trained VN master masons from Burkina Faso to work on projects in Senegal. Of these requests, the most...
    • 3 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    7.5 kilometers (= 4.7 miles) of vaults built!
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    This autumn, we have had the resources, for the first time, to undertake a full and accurate analysis of the results of our program since its start in 2000. Here are some of the key points: - if all the vaults built since 2000 in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal by masons trained by AVN were placed end-to-end, their total...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 9 donations
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Baaba Maal and Alpha Blondy support AVN
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN Management Committee
    AVN’s Director of Development, Antoine Horellou, met World Music stars Baaba Maal (from Senegal) and Alpha Blondy (from Ivory Coast) at the 'Festival du Bout du Monde’ in Crozon, Brittany, France, on August 8th (see photos below) This was our third contact with the famous Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, who had just...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Significant carbon savings of VN buildings
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    A report by experts at the London office of Environmental Resources Management (ERM), based on data provided by AVN staff in Boromo, indicates that a typical NV house of 25m2 floor space makes a saving of 2.0 tonnes of CO2- equivalents (CO2e) compared to the available alternative construction methods. Since the start of the...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    The Organic Approach
    By - Sarah Riczo - In-the-Field Traveler
    We arrived in Boromo and were picked up by Seri, the Co-Founder of the Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN), and were given our first taste what the project does when we arrived at our hotel. The hotel, owned by Seri, was created as practice buildings when Association la Voute Nubienne was working with its first group of...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Zambia Program gets off to a good start
    By - Tony Kaye - Member AVN Management Committee
    I mentioned in my last Update in December that, through AVN-Belgium, we have launched a program in Zambia, in collaboration with the Belgian NGO, Abantu-Zambia. The program centres around the construction of VN houses in a cluster of sixteen villages in the Chibombo District, north of the capital, Lusaka. This has now...
    • 4 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Growing international recognition
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    A lot has happened at AVN since my last Update – it’s difficult to know where to start.... For sure, the international recognition for our work is growing by leaps and bounds: (1) We were one of eleven “...outstanding finalists” for this year’s World Habitat Awards. (2) The bid which we submitted to the...
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 25 donations
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    A success story from Mali: the multiplier effect of building a mosque
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    This week sees the start of the holy month of Ramadan, so it seemed appropriate to bring you some news about the work of AVN in Mali, a predominantly Muslim country. Championed by the local Imam and the religious community, the first VN mosque in Mali was built during the 2008/09 season, by the villagers of...
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    • Bill Brower
      Bill Brower Wow! Great update. Glad to hear the snowball is rolling in the Sahel. haha. Building local capacity, saving people money & helping the environment--fantastic.
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    A Postcard from Build Sustainable Housing for Families in Africa
    By - Sheila Leonard - Visitor
    Sheila Leonard is an intern at GlobalGiving. This summer she traveled throughout West Africa and visited a number of GlobalGiving projects. On May 27th she visited "Build Sustainable Housing for Families in Africa." When asked what she would tell her friends about this project, Sheila said: "Incredible: You need to see...
    • 5 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Significant progress
    By - Tony Kaye - AVN Management Committee member
    Since my last update, I can report that AVN has made significant progress; by the end of the current building season, cumulatively, since the start of the 'Earth roofs in the Sahel' Program: - 190 VN masons will have been trained (including 80 this season) - 900 vaults built (350 this season alone) - 4,500 man-months...
    • 5 years ago
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    • Loyola
      Loyola As a former Peace Corps Volunteer (1973-76) in Burkina Faso, I truly value the attempts to make a project work with local resources and includes the local people. I was stationed in Bogande as part of a Catholic Relief-sponsored small earthen dams project. Using village labor and teaching the people how to protect the... Read more »
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 13 donations
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has been approved to be on GlobalGiving!
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    Our Tenth Anniversary
    By - Tony Kaye - Member of AVN Management Committee
    2008 marks the tenth anniversary of our first attempt to construct a prototype VN building in Burkina Faso. Ten years on, the AVN 'Earth roofs in the Sahel' Program continues to go from strength to strength. A third Congress of VN masons was held in Boromo, Burkina Faso last month (June); this three-day meeting was a...
    • 6 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa posted a progress report
    New developments
    By - Tony Kaye - Association La Voute Nubienne (AVN)
    Our 'Earth roofs in the Sahel' program continues its near exponential annual growth. Since the start of the program eight years ago, over 330 vaults have been built in 70 villages and districts in the Sahel. These are mainly two-vault village houses, but also larger community-use buildings, including a church and a mosque....
    • 7 years ago
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  • Sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa has received 5 donations
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