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learning how to better the circumstances of people in difficult life situations, especially children, who are vulnerable for reasons of poverty, deprivation, or politics.
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I always set my alarm at odd times, like 8:03 or 9:36
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Amsterdam, NH, Netherlands
"Be nice. Do good. Stay weird."
I'm a Finnish national living and working in The Netherlands. I have a research master's degree in International Development Studies from the University of Amsterdam. My professional background is from non-profit sector, most recently from Kabul, Afghanistan. I have also gained five years of valuable experience while working at UNICEF Finland.
My current focus is grant acquisition for an organization with a mission to provide housing for disadvantaged communities.
Hi Jonathan Prosser, Thank you for your feedback! Below brief answers to your questions:
(1) how using the Nike Grind materials will enable a reduction in consumption of the currently used materials in the production process? A: It does not reduce consumption. It converts existing material waste into a functional product that can be reused recycled. Reduction in the consumption would need to be done through a manufacturing and supply chain analysis. We are merely proposing to utilize the existing manufacturing waste in order to reduce global pollution.
(2) what the impact of this reduction will be on the value chain? A: Less waste equals a cleaner world and a healthier ecosystem.
(3) whether the vision for the potential for the solution goes far enough? A: Given that there are nearly 70 million displaced people in the world, we feel that the vision goes far enough. Our biggest challenge is to find like minded organizations to help us to realize that vision. We hope that NIKE will be one of the first. :)
Thank you for raising critical questions and sharing your experience within the informal settlements in SA. Below a brief answer to your comments and questions
1) The Sustainability Institute is indeed one of our key local partners. The Stellenbosch University has presented a concrete mutually beneficial opportunity during our pilot project: Through them, we will gain assistance with on-site involvement and research aid whilst students are able to gain valuable “hands on” experience in various fields. To minimize the possible negative effect of ‘feeling like guinea pigs’ during our project within the community, we have set a specific goal to actively co-design the ‘houses of the future’ together with the local experts and local community to best meet their specific housing needs.
2) By also setting the housing units first as communal spaces to benefit as many people within the communities as possible, we aim avoid raising feelings of inequality within the households. Our discussions with our local partner and Enkanini’s informal settlement community leader Mr. Yondela Tyawa (as well as other stakeholders at this informal settlement) have been insightful BUT I would absolutely love to discuss/hear more about your experiences regarding the multiple political/other social divisions of different communities within the Enkanini settlement! Could we maybe set a Skype call to learn your advice you picked up during your research?
3) We have indeed been in touch with the local municipality and its housing department. At a municipal level, Mayor Giese Van Deventer of Stellenbosch has endorsed our product and supports the implementation in her community upon approval of the Federal building authority. In our experience, the Stellenbosch Municipality has been extremely positive in our engagements thus far, they are interested in supporting new and innovative products and approaches geared towards the upliftment of their citizens. Support from the Mayor’s office provides a solid starting point for application processing and eventual approval for our housing system to be constructed and tested within their Municipal boundary.
1) How do you plan to select participants for the pilot project? A: The community leader of the Enkanini informal settlement leads the selection of participants who assist in the design modification and building the community center. Once we go larger-scale and are implementing actual housing (rather than communal space), more specific selection processes are at place.
2) Who are your local partners? A: In addition to the above-mentioned municipal and research/university partners, our other current local partners include construction companies. Since early 2017, we have done 3 visits to South Africa, invited by our (Dutch) partner InSite. Having operated in the local communities of South Africa for over 10 years, InSite was able to connect us at both the governmental and grassroots level. They facilitated most of our meetings and discussions with the stakeholders during our first visits and have enabled us to initiate this project.
3) Do you see local government as being the buyer for this product or individual community members? A: Both.
4) Do you have an estimate on how much you think each unit would cost? A: The cost of one 20 square meter housing unit is estimated to be at around 10 000 euros, which is slightly less than the government subsidy of 160 573 South African Rand (10 500 euros).
Thanks again for your feedback based on your insight on the social/political dynamics in South Africa!
Hello Jennifer Jarboe and Team, Thank you for your message! Our housing units are fully modular and can be easily built, taken down and reused somewhere else. Each component is lightweight and can be lifted by manpower so no lifting equipment is required which makes it a great solution for remote areas. They are shipped as a ‘flat pack’ kit and no special tools are required for assembly and disassembly. The shape and size of the units is fully flexible pending on the local market requirements and units can be linked together to create larger spaces. They can be used for housing but can also serve as community centers like medical clinics, daycares, schools and for religious purposes. The materials we chose are Eco-friendly, yet extremely durable and well insulated which makes it not only a great solution for emergency response and disaster relief, but also for long-term housing. I hope this clarifies, please let me know if any further questions! Best regards, Habi-Nex team