| Aug 21, 2013
Designing a Daycare
Girls sitting outside the new daycare center
The following in an e-postcard from Sandra Dickison, a GlobalGiving Representative in the Philippines.
"Architecture is not just about building, but it’s also about giving to the community" stated Von Jovi, the student who led Foundation University's Estudio Damgo project last year. Estudio Damgo actually means "architecture of dreams" and the project challenges architecture students at Foundation University to combine creative design and sustainable solution to create a dream daycare center that serves the local community.
On July 8th, Ana and I had the pleasure of visiting Foundation University, meeting with administrators, the university president, and some amazing students, like Von, before seeing their dream designs turned into reality in the nearby, remote town of Valencia. The adorable daycare center houses up to 25 students and one teacher. Its made of 100% sustainable materials - including bamboo nails - and it sits right next to the primary school.
Unfortunately, the daycare students had already departed for the day when we arrived but we were able to chat with the teachers and say hello to the primary school students (grades 1-4). The teachers were so welcoming - they explained how important it is for the community to have a daycare center and how much they enjoy it.
Thanks to the hard work of students, like Von, and administrators at Foundation University, Valencia now has its dream daycare center. In fact, Von was nominated as one of the Top 10 university students throughout the Philippines for his hard work! We wish next years students at Foundation University all the best as they begin to design a multi-use center for another rural community!
Inside the daycare center - so much bamboo!
Hanging out with some of the school children
Mural by Found. Univ art students on school