Asha

Swahili for life, Asha Center is designed for a small village just outside Karama, Rwanda. Its intent is to perform as a clinic for healthy living while meeting a certain level of sustainability. The center will provide a clean and healthy learning environment for an area that is not familiar with modern health practices. The facility offers a safe secure place for AIDS victims to be treated with clean water and will staff professional practitioners who have skillful knowledge in AIDS treatment.


The butterfly roof system will catch rainfall during rainy seasons and store water in a wall cistern for use during the dry seasons. The cisterns hold nearly 1000 gallons of water each. There are cisterns in every building, as well as in the reception center for use by the community. 
The center will become a beacon of health in a third world community offering fresh water from the marketplace cistern when available, fresh oranges, and the opportunity for curious locals to learn how to live better. 


 Walls outside of rooms with shade structures allow families to wait in privacy without standing in the walkway,  while laundry sinks located outside of each building near the cisterns will provide convenient use for overnight patient’s families.
 

 Arborloo Pit Latrines: Constructed from solar panel pallets.  Pits are dug to a depth of 1m.  Waste is mixed with ash and bark over a period of 6 months to create humanure which will be used as fertilizer. When the pits are moved, a new Valencia orange tree is planted in its 
place. Over time, the property will contain several small orchards.





A battery storage bank containing 24 off grid 12 volt batteries will harness 40,000kw produced daily by a Sunwize solar system. Solar panels are the only material needed to be shipped from the US while all other materials can be gathered near the site.  54 photo voltaic panels will be separated in rows for easy cleaning, elevated out of sight to prevent theft and the structure will be used as shady picnic and teaching area.