Toalett- och gråvattensystem!

 Arbetet med planering av toalett- och gråvattensystemet för barnhemmet började i april förra året. Då var vi fyra stycken som besökte Econef, tre landskapsarkitekter och en VA-ingenjör. Sen dess har projektering och planering av systemet gjorts i Sverige. Nu i december har vi blivit sponsrade med 80.000 kr från Ramböllfonden via Ingenjörer Utan Gränser för att förverkliga projektet på plats. 

 Gråvattensystemet är designat så att allt spillvatten från tvättrummet leds till växtbäddar med fruktträd. Platsen är formgiven för att umgås, vila eller balansera i skuggan av träden. En riktigt mulitfunktionell plats.

 Toalettsystemet har utformats med fokus på att toaletterna ska vara lätta och hygieniska att använda av barnen. Näring från urin och fekalier tas till vara på genom ett inbyggt, näst intill underhållsfritt, system. Fekalier och urin transporteras med hjälp av duschvatten ut i en slamavskiljare (septic tank) där urin och vatten separeras från fekalier. Urin och duschvatten transporteras vidare till bananodlingar och göder dessa, medan fekalierna sedimenterar i slamavskiljaren för att en gång per år pumpas till en behållare där de komposteras för att två år senare användas som gödsling på odlingar.

 Nu ser vi framemot att tillsammans med volontärer starta och slutföra bygget på plats!

 /Anna Valman, Hanne Nilsson,  Johanna Ardland Bojvall och Julia Vilkénas

 

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Tack vare ETTELVA/MER kan bygget fortsätta nästa år

När vi påbörjade arbetet med innertak och sisal poles visste vi inte om arbetet skulle bli tvunget att pausas efter det. Vi visste vad som skulle göras- rörsystem, dörrar och fönster, men inte hur vi skulle få råd med det. Nyligen fick vi det utomordentligt glädjande beskedet att ETTELVA/MER skänker 100.000 kronor som en julgåva till Econef. Detta innebär att vi kan anlägga rörsystem samt sätta in dörrar och fönster i de fyra huskropparna. Vi är så klart oerhört tacksamma och glada över att ETTELVA/MER har valt att skänka sin julgåva till Econef. Det känns väldigt fint att de tror så mycket på projektet.

Det är väldigt roligt för oss på ETTELVA att få vara med och hjälpa till med detta fantastiska projekt. Vi på ETTELVA skapar arkitektur med omtanke om människan, och även om vi inte ritar på barnhemmet själva är det jätteviktigt för oss att följa projektet. Barnhemsbygget är en fin symbol för ETTELVAs företagsvision Vi bygger omtanke i en föränderlig värld, säger Anders Lindh,  ETTELVAs VD.

Hållbar arkitektur rör mer än kvalitet och materialval. Det handlar även om sammanhang och ansvar, och projekt som adresserar mer än en utmaning är alltid spännande. Econefs vision om ett självförsörjande och i stort sett underhållsfritt barncenter är därför väldigt intressant, säger Cecilia Bejdén, vd på MER.

Econef hoppas så klart att fler företag och privatpersoner följer ETTELVA/MERs goda exempel och tänker extra mycket på Econef inför julen.

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Sisal poles monterade i två av husen

Bygget fortlöper enligt planerna och två av fyra hus har redan fått sisal poles monterade. Bakom sisal poles monteras det myggnät samt en plåtskiva som hindrar regnvatten att at ta sig in mellan plåttaket och undertaket. Som förberedelse för detta arbete har även ringbeam putsats och fått fina skarpa kanter och hörn. I nästa fas kommer de resterande två husen täckas med sisal poles och därefter kommer även arbetet med slurry-undertaket påbörjas.

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Volontär sökes

Volontärer sökes för finansiering
Har du, eller någon du känner, idéer för att samla pengar till den fortsatta byggfasen av Econef Barncenter? Vi söker dig som är intresserad av att ta kontakt med potentiella sponsorer och anordna fundraising aktiviteter för att dra in pengar till Econef. Efter jul fortsätter bygget och vi hoppas på att barnen kommer kunna flytta in så snart som möjligt. Ju fler vi är som hjälps åt, desto snabbare kommer det gå. Är du intresserad – kontakta frida(at)asante.se

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Arbetet med innertak och sisal poles påbörjas

Denna vecka sätter arbetet med innertak och sisal poles igång. Det kan ske tack vare vårt senaste event som gjorde detta ekonomiskt möjligt. Tack igen till alla som medverkade och kom!
Econef Sverige har inga volontärer på plats utan detta steg sköts av Econef Tanzanias grundare Caroline och anställda på plats. Med undantag för ett par mindre detaljer kommer arbetet att utföras på samma sätt, med samma resultat, som när det gjordes för Baobabhuset. Caroline har naturligvis löpande kontakt med Econef Sverige under byggets gång.
Caroline har även lovat att ta bilder under processen som vi kan lägga upp på bloggen. Vi ser mycket fram emot att få följa processen!

Nästa steg, vilket vi hoppas kunna ta under första kvartalet nästa år, blir rörsystem, dörrar och fönster. När vi kan börja beror på när vi har fått in tillräckligt mycket pengar. Om vi alla hjälps åt är vi säkra på att det kommer att gå!

 

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Business for Hope – tack till alla för en lyckad kväll

Tack till alla som kom och delade denna afton med Econef. Vi samlade totalt in drygt 50 000:-, en bra slant för att komma vidare med bygget av Econefs nya barncenter, och många visade stort intresse för Econef och vårt arbete. Ett särskilt tack till Ettelva, Mer och Whispr group som var med och arrangerade och lånade ut sina vackra lokaler, till Aveqia för den goda tanzaniska kycklinggrytan, Chocochili för den stämningsfulla musiken, alla sponsorer: Weleda, Grönsakshallen, Bonnierfakta, Tingstad, Palla must, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, Saltå Kvarn, Liljebergs, Nordic Light Hotel, Nordic Choise Hotel och Punk Royale, samt alla underbara volontärer som hjälpte till under kvällen.

Fortsätt gärna att sprida information om hur era vänner och kollegor kan vara med och stötta Econef: http://econef.org/donera/

Och tipsa gärna om våra paket för företagssamarbeten: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0Wf7HApteMgOVhwZUNZWEJWUTA

Vi ser fram emot att träffa er alla snart igen på nästa insamlingskväll, och sedan i Tanzania när det nya barncentret står klart!

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Summer time’s over 2016

With Emelie travelling home, we (Linda and David) had one last week to spend at the project site. During the week we had time to finalise some of the planning work from the previous weeks: outlining the budget, collecting proforma invoices, and checking the material at the supplier sites.

Going over the plumbing drawings, one last issue we had to think about was how the heavy galvanised pipes were to be mounted to the ring beam, as well as to the facades. On the Baobab house the pipes had simply been put on top of the ring beam, but for the children’s centre this would have to be solved in a different way.

Together with Caroline and Maxi we therefore went to Arusha to enquire about pipe mounting solutions at a few metal industries. We discussed and sketched quite a few different solutions, but finally ended up with a preferred solution (considering construction and budget), which we added to the planned plumbing budget.

Discussing how to mount the pipes to the building facades

Discussing how to mount the pipes to the building facades

In addition to this we also spent some time at a sisal wood retailer, to understand how much wood would be needed for the construction. We realized that the irregular shape of the sisal wood would only enable us to use approximately 2.5 m of each bought pole as the upper part is naturally crooked. Consequently, we had to adjust the sisal pole budget. We also discussed ways of creating an inspection door within the sisal wood façade, to allow for roof inspection in the children’s centre.

At the sisal wood retailer

At the sisal wood retailer

Apart from planning and budgeting, we had some time to do some hands-on work on our own: painting the steel shoes of the roof. The trusses of the roof were mounted onto the ring beam with steel shoes, which were produced on demand out of an untreated steel plate. Therefore, the steel shoes had to be painted with red oxide paint in order to protect them from environmental degradation. So with some paint left over from previous volunteers, and with fresh thinner bought from Arusha, we started to climb up and down the children’s centre, to paint all steel shoes. With four houses, and at least two applications needed, there was quite some painting work to be done!

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Painting the steel shoes

Painting the steel shoes

With planning and painting all done, we had reached our final day at the project site. After that, we couldn’t leave Tanzania without scaling the beautiful Mt. Kilimanjaro! After a successful trek, we headed back home, full of wonderful memories from beautiful Tanzania and the wonderful Econef site!

Bye bye Baobab!

Bye bye Baobab!

Linda and David

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Tanzanian administration!

With the two roofs in place and two more weeks to go before I (Emelie) headed back to Stockholm, and before Linda and David climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro we initiated four different projects with the purpose of easing the work of future volunteers; measuring the ground heights, doing plumbing calculation, calculating the required amount of sisal wood, and putting together a document of necessary maintenance work.

With the help of a homemade water level (a long tube with a measuring tap at each end) we measured how the different foundations related to each other as well as to the drawings. Since the Children’s Centre houses sit on a tilting ground, it is of great importance to keep track of all the different ground levels. Additionally, drainage is crucial since during rain periods, the surrounding ground loses its compact nature. The pressure from both soil and water can also burden the built structures; we want to avoid problem with dampness.

Emelie doing the ground level elevation measurements old-school

Emelie doing the ground level elevation measurements old-school

 

With the help of the local plumber expert Mr. Eedi we planned for how the water should be brought from the gutter down to the water tanks, as this is one part of the approaching steps in the building process for the upcoming autumn. We measured and made explanatory sketches before going to Arusha to ask for proforma invoices/tenders, to be able to compare and negotiate prices. With drawings both in plan and elevation, which can be read together with the proforma invoice and budget, we hope to increase the understanding of the plumbing work for future volunteers.

Temporary test of piping from gutter to underground container (final plumbing will be in galvanized steel)

Temporary test of piping from gutter to underground container (final plumbing will be in galvanized steel)

 

 

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Positioining of the gutter

In parallel, we worked on a calculation for the planned sisal wood work. These are the stags that run between the trusses in the façade, supporting the structure and naturally letting air flow through the building. We had to figure out the amount of sisal wood required for the construction, the total cost of the material, as well as planning how the work was to be performed. The amount of calculated sisal wood was based on the information available, in the form of drawings and using the Baobab house as a reference. The total estimated cost was based on the required amount of wood, and based on the fact that the material is purchased in bulk. Lastly a correction plan was made to help future volunteers keep track of the building process. As mentioned in earlier blog entries, there has been differences with the reinforcement in the ring beam; a problem that we tried our best to correct by individually fitting the trusses. However a few trusses remained in the steel shoes, still needing to be corrected in order to reach a fully symmetrical expression. With this in mind, the sisal poles are a perfect correcting measure.

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The roof panels are coming on!

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Last but not least Linda, David and I, in consultation with Caroline, put together a document including pictures and explanations for the maintenance work that needs to be done at the Baobab house. We also included thoughts for future improvements in the Children’s Centre based on the maintenance information; you inevitably learn a lot from one project to the next; both good and bad. To listen, learn and share is important for moving a project forward, as well as for initiating future successful projects.

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Evening view of the project site and the children’s playground

 

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Platser kvar till nästa event 10/10

10 oktober hålls nästa Econefevenemang- Business for Hope.

Det finns fortfarande några platser kvar till denna kväll med mat, dryck, mingel och information om Econefs senaste framsteg, och vad som är kvar att göra innan barnen kan flytta in. Det är inte för sent att o.s.a än, ta med dig en vän eller kollega och kom!

Läs inbjudan för mer information om kvällen och hur du osar: business-for-hope-1

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The roof is up!

Mambo!

My Tanzanian summer has come to an end. Before I (Emelie) speak about the building process, I have to speak of the place. Inevitable, my heart has made space for new images, experiences. The Econef land is one of the most beautiful sites I have ever visited, been invited to. Everything regarding life there is as local as it gets and everything regarding life there contributes, as a unit part of the whole, working together for development. This is a place where one feel completely aware of what it means to be part of the processes that modern day life demands, what it takes from the world for a single persons continuance. Here you live remote, you eat what you can grow, you use the water that the sky is releasing, the electricity that the sun provides you with; limited and with the same uncertainty as the weather.

Mt. Kilimanjaro in our backyard

The about-to-be-roof

Black birds and butteryellow sunflower fields

 

The Baobab house and the Econef Children’s center lies softly in the hard and compact landscape, the bricks are as copper-red like the dusty grounds. Behind us the ground pushes up, forming a mount and we on the foot of the hill. In front us the ground pushes up even further, forming a mountain there in our backyard; Mt Kilimanjaro purple in the afternoon light. This is a enigmatic place, a serene place and the home to all magical skies.

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Afternoon sky

When Maxi, Emil and Felix picked me up with the van on the airport early this july I remembered that I felt as if we drove straight out in the middle of no mans land through cornfields reaching up ready to be harvested. It was in the middle of the night and when I woke up that first morning all of the Econef land was in full lush flourish; bougainvillea bright magenta, white blue red hibiscus, banana palm trees, heavy green stones of watermelons hiding in the bushes, sweet red mini tomatoes green crispy tomatoes, a pineapple tree about the come up, a passion fruit tree, beans left out to dry on the ground, avocado trees. If one is persistent and understanding and passionate, driven. Hard working. This project can in the future statute an example for a permaculture; the fertile clay ground together with the farm animals, the solar electricity and rain water collecting. And us, humans, together in harmony as a self-sufficient unit of nature, animals and us. On equal premises.

Full moon and harvest and crescent moon

 When Emil and Felix left the site to go back to Sweden I together with the builders continued the work with the roof. I was invited to stay with Caroline and the kids over at the old orphanage, and every work day we travelled to the site by car and picked up the building crew on the way. People we work with are specialized on a particular kind of handicraft. Hussein and I drilled holes in the finished trusses to connect them with metal bolts while Lucas building team then lifted the heavy trusses on its right place on the roofs, individually numbered and fitted to adjust the previous differences with the uneven reinforcement bars in the ring beam. Then to make them rest evenly in the steel shoes a wood chisel was used to fit the bolts of the steel shoes into the trusses. Maxi, Maxi and Valerian where working together to soak the final pieces of wood in termite pesticide, wood that after drying was used for longitudinal beams, fisher boards and gutter plank. These the builders mounted symmetrically by using their own tricks, simple things such as strings.

Lucas building team magically mounting trusses

Heavy trusses and balance acts

Econef stands for much more than a being a orphanage, I and the kids was during this time shareing space with a group of american teenagers. They where part of Carolines project in what the ”C” in Econef stands for; community. They lived with Econef for almost a month, and their schedule was carefully arranged by Caroline as to make sure that they got to experience and understand true Tanzanian culture, and Caroline on the other hand was strengthening her own community. They lived with the Masaai’s, they visited people working with permaculture, they helped out on Econef site, spent time with the kids, went to see the nationalparks and together we all celebrated 4th of july. In some ways this was a two-way share of culture, backgrounds and stories.

Celebration at site

Celebration at site

Dance, dance, dance

Dance, dance, dance

In the second week of july Linda and David arrived and I moved back together with my fellow volunteer mates in the Baobab house. And by the time of their arrival the pace of the building process slowed down leaving only two things left in order to do to fully complete the task of ”let there be roof”; mounting the gutter and lifting the corrugated steel sheets on its places. To be able to use government electricity we had to use long extension cords running across the fields to fuel the drill with power, with which the gutter team was drilling holes in the already bent sheets of gutter metal. The bent sheets, about a meter long, was being pieced together with waterproof glue and bolts. Each piece was individually bent to create an inclination for the rain water to flow. However one of the pieces of gutter metal was by mistake bent in the mirrored way and we had to rearrange them in order to keep the inclination. Working against the darkness that hit us like a light switch at seven fifteen, the final test of pouring water to make sure there was no leakage was left for the following day.

Go go go gutter!

Go go go gutter!

Fredric!

Corrugated steel sheet up up up!

Linda, David and I together with the gutter team poured water in the gutters to stage a downfall and while it was not leaking on one of the houses, the other one was. And meanwhile the leakage was being sealed the roof team was back at site, carrying up the red corrugated steel sheets from the storage, preparing for the final work. With the 6 meter long steel sheets lying in a pile next to us, we sat together in a ring threading seals on the nails. The long side of the roof was being used as a lever to get the sheets up. As smoothly as something can go the two houses was quickly being covered with red lids and I was honored to put the final nail in place. There are now roof!

Voilá!

Voilá!

What amazes me after a summer here is how many different professions that fit in here; that can contribute, give and learn. Architects, engineers, agronomists, farmers, gardeners, teachers and all you who share interest in working towards a sustainable future. Wow, imagine that! What a project to be welcomed into with open arms.

Asante!

Emelie, Linda and David

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