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Collaborative Pavement Project
Mugombwa refugee camp, Southern Rwanda
Nerea Amoros Elorduy (Creative Assemblages)
Project Co-lead: Anna Adserà Quesada (P+A Arquitectes)
Jonathan Kateega - Design Fellow
Earth Enable - Implementing Team
UNHCR Rwanda - Partner
COAC (Collegi d'Arquitectes de Catalunya)
This project was inspired by the results from the "mapping refugee spaces" research project (2015-2018). It involves the construction of safe, durable, and comfortable improved earth floors for a couple of hundred shelters in the Mugombwa Refugee Camp established in Southern Rwanda in 2013.
Creative Assemblages and P+A through the Barcelona based NGO Africa Nos Mira, got awarded the cooperation grant from COAC, the Architects Association of Catalunya to develop the project in Rwanda.
The project entailed the pavement of over 200 camp shelters and the training of 20 masons from inside and outside Mugombwa refugee camp on improved earth floor techniques. With the funds of COAC and ANM and partnering with UNHCR Rwanda and Earth Enable – an organisation that builds and promotes improved earth floors in Rwanda - we carried out a transparent, participatory selection of household and mason beneficiaries, and proceeded to the construction of the floors.