We are very excited to be working with Lily Yoseph and the Tangible Hope Foundation to develop plans for a new community center in her hometown of Kofele, Ethiopia.
Concerned with the lack of adequate medical care, personal hygiene , education, and personal safety for young girls in Kofele, Ethiopia, her home town, Lily has set out to create and have built the Adu Darara (Sun Seed) Center. The center is designed to serve as a day center for young girls where they will be taught the fundamentals in sustainable agricultural practices, personal hygiene, diet and computer science in a safe and nurturing environment. Lily’s vision is not to create an artificial community set apart from the surrounding community and the economic realities of everyday life in Kofele. She envisions providing young girls and women with knowledge that will filter out into the community and over time raise the entire community’s educational and economic standing in the country.
As such the center is modest in its construction using concrete framework and brick infill as the basic language. Drawing on the vernacular architecture the design incorporates three round buildings housing a cafeteria, a library/classroom, and a community activity center. They are separated by woven bamboo “canopies”, a reference to the shape and entry design of traditional architecture with larger canopies designating the library/classroom structure and the main entry to the center.
We invite you to learn more about the foundation at TangibleHope.org and look forward to sharing our design as the project develops.