Arusha 2016 – July 10-23, 2016

We are excited to announce our next design/build adventure: a two-week exploration in Arusha, Tanzania!

For this project, we have partnered with two Arusha organizations that are working tirelessly to help create safe spaces for Tanzanian children. UCare Project was founded with a goal of reducing child mortality by providing food, safety, and education. Neema House Arusha was created in 2012 to provide 24-hour care exclusively for orphaned infants. At this time, Neema House is the only home of its kind in Arusha and has cared for 72 infants since its inception. That’s where RAW, and you, come in.

As a part of this project, you will design and build the UCare Family Home. Due to high levels of poverty, there are many orphaned babies, some with disabilities. Your design and construction skills will make a shelter for these children with special needs. This special home will house up to 12 children with disabilities and will be run by a local couple. Together with UCare, Neema House, and local resources, we’ll work to create a space for these children to grow up in a family setting.

This project marks our ninth RAW workshop, accompanying workshops in South Dakota, southern France and Oaxaca, Mexico. ARUSHA 2016 will run July 10-23, 2016, and we want you to be a part of it.

What’s in it for you? You’ll gain a once-in-a-lifetime experience, hone your design and build skills and make a difference in the lives of precious and vulnerable children.

“RAW was the most rewarding experience of my life. While we were all drawn into RAW through architecture, I was quick to realize it was much more than that. RAW is about connecting with fellow designers, learning about structures, but most importantly, immersing ourselves in a new culture and community, creating bonds that will live on always.” – Jason L., Penn State, 2014.




WHERE – The workshop takes place in Arusha, the capital of the Arusha Region in northern Tanzania, and in close proximity to some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park on Mount Meru terrains.

WHEN – ARUSHA 2016 is held Sunday, July 10 through Saturday, July 23, 2016. You are welcome to make your travels plans to enjoy some of the attractions in the area either before or after the workshop.

  1. WHAT – Based on our discussions to-date, there are several key programming goals for this project:

  2. A design that reflects local living standards while also serving as a signature asset of the built landscape.

  3. A dwelling that serves the basic functional needs of the occupants, with separate living, dining and kitchen spaces, along with flexible sleeping spaces to accommodate a varying number and gender of children

  4. Accessible for children with special needs

  5. Locally sourced and readily available materials

  6. Traditional construction methods, enhanced with design details that create light filled spaces for children to live and thrive

HOW – As with all RAW projects we will collaborate from day one with representatives of UCare Project, Neema House and local representatives to better understand the vision for the project. We’ll work side by side with local labor and learn from each other at every step of the way.



More info here!



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