COC work with the community and NGOs to gauge the need of public facilities, where and how to construct them. Getting feedback from the community ensure buy-in and ownership of the design projects.
The basis of COC is member participation in the construction process to reduce labor cost of construction using locally available resources and techniques to translate local materials into construction materials (such as compressed earth block and concrete roof tiles). Construction workshop with the community is a key component of the project where team of COC work together on site with the community throughout the construction process.
Technological know-how Transfer and Building Local Enterprises
If the local population likes what they see, they could buy equipments such as Compressed Earth Block Press from COC, and start their own investment as a local micro-enterprise. COC would provide all the techological know-how transfer and ongoing support, but would take a small fee out of the profits of the local enterprise, like a franchise system. By providing support, COC also maintains a sustainable income.
Support network and maintainance of construction standards
By building a network of collaborators and local enterprise in the regional network, COC ensures that safe construction practices are enforced (e.g. No asbestos)
Working with the community and discussing design and construction is also a great way to build community over time.
Next step: We need your input!
We are thinking of taking input for the next week and rework the concept base on the input before the end of the concepting phase. Everyone is our collaborator!