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IKIKO

Humanitarian project. Construction of a school and a recycling/manufacturing center in the Philippines.

Sobre el proyecto

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Who are we ?

We are five students of the “Ecole Spéciale d'Achitecture” in Paris. As part of the process of the masters degree program, in October 2016, we are going to build the humanitarian project of Christophe Cormy Donat, in collaboration with the NGO "Ikiko". We are a united team, determined and dynamic, and we have all been involved in successful humanitarian missions in the past. This project is yet another chance for our group and students to have a real world organizational and professional experience, but in order to achieve our goals and realize the project, we hope you will agree to contribute financially. 

Ikiko is a French NGO created in May 2016 by Christophe Cormy Donat, an architect  who graduated from ESA. The mission of Ikiko is to protect the environment, encouraging education and training for the Bajau community in Isabel, Philippines. 

https://www.ikiko.info/

The École Spéciale d'Architecture (ESA) was founded in 1870. It is a "free school" governed in part by its students and alumni.

The «Fabrique Collective» is a collective of Master's Degree students and architects (Jana Revedin, Fabienne Bulle and Serge Joly) , a philosopher (Chris Younes) and a carpenter (Jean-Yves Riaux) that encourages students to conceive, design and manufacture experimental projects collectively.

The Bajau 

The Bajau are nicknamed the "sea nomads". They live in the Southeast Asian region, where the Pacific Ocean waters mingle with those of the Indian Ocean in an area called "the coral triangle" between the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia . They are an ethnic group with a language and a culture of their own. Their presence along thousands of kilometres of coastline makes it difficult to assess their number, roughly estimated at 20,000 individuals. Their way of life is the result of a perfect adaptation to the marine environment on which they depend not only economically, but also spiritually. 

The village

This community fled the islands of Mindanao (Southern Philippines) due to piracy. The have been living now, for 20 years, in Isabel, Leyte province, a city of 40,000 residents. The Bajau village consists of about 50 houses which are built over the water on stilts; there are about 350 people; Their stilt village allows them to stay connected with the marine world. Indeed, the Bajau are not comfortable on land, the village on stilts is the ideal alternative for their lifestyle. The Isabel Bajau live exclusively from fishing, and unfortunately they catch fewer and fewer fish, due to over-fishing by freighters coming from Taiwan and Hong Kong, plastic ocean pollution and destructive fishing practices utilized by other subsistence fishers. As a result, the children from the village cross Isabel to beg. Little by little, as victims of the progress of society, the Bajau begin to lose their cultural identity.  

Plastic pollution

The concept

Our mission is to teach the Bajau to recycle plastic bags and bottles littering the beach, streets and parks of Isabel and to show them how this can benefit their community economically.. After their first use, plastics become a valuable raw material for the manufacture of other products, while offering a solution to waste management. This initiative will empower the villagers of Isabel and preserve their lifestyle. Finally this recycling will constitute a new form of income for the Bajau, helping them to achieve fiscal autonomy. 

1.  plastic bag collection
2.  sorting and cleaning
3.  cutting
4.  transformation into plastic yarn
5.  manufacturing
6.  selling

Architectural project ​

To help the local community in this process, our team will build a school and a recycling/manufacturing center, utilizing sustainable, local materials, in an effort to inspire a sense of environmental responsibility in the community. We also aim to initiate various training seminars and microprojects that will facilitate positive, sustainable economic benefits for parents and children participating in the program. 

In order for the architectural project to support the manufacturing and educational processes of our mission, the building and it’s fabrication will be done in a collective manner and demonstrate environmental awareness as well. The facility will incorporate as much recycled material as possible : the walls will be braided with plastic bags, bottles will be repurposed to all light to enter, etc.

A coconut wood structure on which every villager can hang woven or knitted panels.

Prototype

Our motivation 

This humanitarian project is part of a long-term volunteer effort. We want to discover a people, men and women and a new culture. In a global society, where the actions of one affect the lives of others, understanding and mutual support are important values ​​for everyone to live, and live in peace. We also want to show the face of an enterprising youth, dynamic and responsible, who can make the right choices.This initiative is an opportunity for us to experience life-giving and openness to others, friendship and sharing, in the continuity of animation that we have experienced.