Association la Voute Nubienne (AVN)

AVN's mission is to improve housing conditions through an appropriate architecture, as soon as possible, for as many people as possible. In sub-Saharan Africa, the struggle to obtain decent housing plunges millions of families into a vicious circle of poverty. AVN offers a solution to this problem, based on three integrated concepts: A Roof + A Skill + A Market AVN organises the training and support of local Nubian Vault (NV) builders and entrepreneurs to promote this solution on a large-scale, with a view to developing a self-sustaining market in NV construction. As a result, families can acquire affordable, sustainable, and decent housing, at the same time improving their economic ...
Mar 1, 2016

US Ambassador visits AVN in Boromo, Burkina Faso

Boubacar Ouily (AVN) & Ambassador Mushingi
Boubacar Ouily (AVN) & Ambassador Mushingi

The US Ambassador to Burkina Faso, Tulinabo Mushingi, accompanied by a delegation from the Public Diplomacy Division of the Embassy, came to congratulate the AVN team for their work on the promotion and diffusion of the NV market, seen as an appropriate response to the challenges of development in sub-Saharan Africa: access to low-carbon housing, creation of 'green' jobs, strengthening of local economic circuits etc.

During this initial surprise visit, on February 19th last, the American delegation saw several NV buildings and discussed key aspects of AVN's program with our national coordination team: the 'kickstart' method, the continuing growth and strength of the NV market, and the emergence of a a network of local masons and enterprises who have adopted the NV concept.

The possibility of support for the AVN program was raised and the Ambassador strongly encouraged AVN to submit specific proposals. He also invited AVN to present our Program at a later meeting, along with other development agencies.

Let's hope this might be the start of a longer term and fruitful  relationship between AVN and the USA.

 

Sesnak (US Embassy) & Ambassador with AVN team
Sesnak (US Embassy) & Ambassador with AVN team
Visiting AVN offices
Visiting AVN offices
NV site visit
NV site visit
A positive conclusion to the visit!
A positive conclusion to the visit!

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Jan 20, 2016

Government policy commitment to AVN Program

Awareness raising meeting
Awareness raising meeting

In the context of the National Program for the Management of Natural Resources and Climate Change (le Programme de Gestion des Ressources Naturelles et Changements Climatiques PGRN-CC), operational in Mali since 2014, and coordinated by the Malian Agency for the Environment and Sustainable Development ( l’Agence de l’Environnement et du Développement Durable), AVN is receiving funding for a new 4-year program. The key points leading to funding of the NV program, running from 2015 - 2018, are cited as:
- a low carbon technology using locally sourced raw materials
- no use of timber nor imported construction materials
- the high energy efficiency of NV buildings
- extensive use of local labor.

The key aim of the program, which is being launched in 14 communes of the regions of Kayes and Koulikoro, is to kickstart the market for NV construction through:
• awareness raising amongst the target populations to bring about a demand for NV construction,
• active professional development of NV masons combining on-site training and supervision with theoretical workshops,
• the identification of local champions and partners in the promotion of the NV concept.

The first phase of the program, from June - September 2015, was the establishment of a new team and an AVN regional office in the town of Banamba. Since November last year, the regional coordinator, Fousseni Samaké, and the extension agent, Mamadou Diarra, have been running awareness raising events and meetings with institutional actors in the 4 communes of Banamba to identify construction projects and apprentice training sites.

Although the market for NV construction in Mali has been well recognised since 2007 by people in many rural areas, this is the first time the NV concept has been integrated into an important national program with a strategic focus on sustainable development. As such, this project is a major opportunity to demonstrate the key advantages of the NV concept to both regional and national institutions and authorities.

If you're interested and want to help, or find out more, check out the link to the AVN website below...

On-site apprentice training
On-site apprentice training
Marking out a NV construction site
Marking out a NV construction site
Training: discussion seminar
Training: discussion seminar
Classroom instruction
Classroom instruction

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Jan 15, 2016

Inauguration of AVN-Ghana Office

AVN Ghana office, Bolgatanga
AVN Ghana office, Bolgatanga

The AVN-Ghana team inaugurated our new national office in Bolgatanga on November 25th 2015. In front of around 50 guests, the building was officially opened in the presence of Seri Youlou, co-founder of AVN, together with representatives of several local authorities and institutional agencies. During the ceremony, several speeches underlined the innovative aspects of the NV concept, the opportunities offered by AVN's presence in Ghana, and the willingness of local authorities to work with AVN.

In his opening speech, Giulio Cocchini, AVN's national coordinator, emphasised the innovatory nature of the NV concept: " We could have founded a building enterprise selling Nubian Vault houses, or we could have donated for charity NV buildings to underprivileged people. Yet, we are convinced that neither by selling or donating houses we could have spread the Nubian Vault concept as rapidly and widely as we did so far. AVN strongly believes in the power of market and operates for allowing a free market for Nubian Vault to emerge."

In his closing speech, the honorary president of the ceremony, M. Victor Atinga, Municipal Director of Bolgatanga's Department of Rural Housing, stressed the need for collaboration between AVN and the local authorities and agencies: "The Nubian Vault Association's local building materials technology and their collaboration with Department of Rural Housing for the operation and functioning of this technology is therefore hereby earnestly recommended to Regional Council, Municipal District Assembly, Government Agencies, Local Authorities and NGOs, with an appeal to you all, to appreciate and help, support and co-operate with this collaborating Unit of Department of Rural Housing and Nubian Vault Association. "

This inauguration opens a new chapter for AVN in Ghana. After over 18 months' presence, during which 6 NV buildings have already been constructed in the country (including a henhouse, a computer lab, a dormitory, and a new wing forn the Royal Palace at Kazigo) the existence of a national office built by NV masons represents a real advance for the program. Its construction reflects the initiation of a relationship with local authorities, clearly demonstrated by the allocation of the site to AVN by the Department for Community Development. It has also provided an opportunity for the on-site training of several Ghanaian masons (12 local apprentices are in training), and a showcase building to attract future NV clients.

The new AVN office will provide an essential logistical support for the effective promotion of the NV concept in northern Ghana - our first formal transfer of the program from a 'francophone' to an 'anglophone' African country. It will also, in conjunction with the AVN Head Office in France, actively pursue fund-raising efforts to help train many more local apprentices and to develop the market for NV homes in the region. Any help you can provide will, as alays, be very welcome.







Guests at the inauguration ceremony
Guests at the inauguration ceremony
Giulio Cocchini & Victor Atinga
Giulio Cocchini & Victor Atinga
The AVN-Ghana team in their new office
The AVN-Ghana team in their new office

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