In the Eastern region of Ghana a British charity plans to provide holistic care to disadvantaged children and teenagers through family homes, education and vocational training programmes.
Closecare Ministries UK are a team of Christian volunteers who reach out to orphans, poor, needy and abused children in some under-served coastal and rural communities in Ghana, West Africa. They are working towards establishing new build development projects and charitable outreach programmes to enable them to take care of these children.
The project will operate as a 24hour, seven days a week residential childcare centre, managed by experienced trained teaching staff, a resident nurse, qualified houseparents, security staff and volunteers. It will also operate wider community development projects in the form of a soup kitchen, clothing bank, hygiene facilities, health screening programmes, and micro finance initiatives that can be easily accessed by the poor and needy and improve the resilience and independence of the community.
In June 2013 a team of ten architects, engineers and surveyors spent two weeks carrying out extensive site investigation and concept designs for a phased use of a ten acre plot in the village of Fintey.
Design scope was similar to some of EMIUK's recent work in Uganda: a strategic masterplan for the long term development of the site including orphan housing; school; vocational training centre and support facilities formed one stream of work. The detailed design of phase one formed another. Our Ghanaian surveyor led a detailed survey of the land and with the civil engineers, and led a team of hired help to dig trial pits, get soil core samples and test water quality.
Previous ideas about orphan housing were developed to propose integrated outdoor kitchens and paired dwellings to encourage communal living. Outdoor classrooms were created designing semi-outdoor enclosures to provide protected (from climate and visitors) zones for play and informal learning. A masterplan and individual building schematics cast the bigger picture, uniting ideas such as privacy screening using buildings; visitor reception in the heart of the site; semi-independent living for graduates at the boundary and making a hierarchy of learning that allows people of all ages to use the site for their own needs safely and independently.
George Adu – Electrical and IT Engineer (Project Volunteer)
Tim Berry - Architect (Project Volunteer)
Maela Davey – Civil Engineer (Project Volunteer)
Rachael Foo – Civil Engineer (EMI Intern)
Bright Kofi Frimpong – Surveyor (Project Volunteer)
Kirsty Hayes - Architect (Project Volunteer)
Robert Johnson - Project Architect (EMI Long Term Volunteer)
Mike Woods - Team Leader (EMI Staff)
Lingyi Wu - Engineer (EMI Intern)
Alex Yuen – Architect (Project Volunteer)
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