A first-of-its-kind, sustainably-built, Early Childhood and Development (ECD) centre for underprivileged children in Delft, Cape Town.
Catering for 120 children, the goal for Ulwazi Educare was to create an inspirational, healthy and environmentally sound and safe place for children. A space that can truly change a child’s life for the better, perhaps even forever.
Built from almost 2,000 used tyres, 6,000 ecobricks and over 1,500 lightweight bricks [made from crushed film sets], the building serves as an innovative blueprint. And along with its use of recycled glass bottles and natural low-cost materials such as adobe brick and natural plasters, it’s a sustainable solution for a much-needed infrastructure that can help serve a community in need. A solution we hope can inspire the construction of many other centres like it in years to come.
So, what we really love about the solution and its approach, is how it builds a better future. Firstly, by building future generations through its facilitation of ECD. Secondly, by having been constructed sustainably through the help of volunteers from all walks of life who could gain and, in turn, share knowledge of sustainable building techniques with others.
Suffice to say that this project is the output of smart thinking. We believe business is not just about profit, and all businesses (no matter their size) should be committed to making a difference.