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Kevin Rennie
Citizen journalist, Teacher (retired),Volunteer (Melbourne, Australia)

I am a retired secondary teacher and unionist. I have been an Australian Labor Party member since 1972. After teaching in Victorian schools from 1975, I spent 8 years teaching in the Northern Territory: 4 in Katherine, followed by 4 in Maningrida, an aboriginal community in Arnhem Land. Returned in June 2008 to Melbourne to live after 15 months in Broome. Now live near Red Bluff which overlooks Half Moon Bay on Port Phillip Bay's eastern side. I am a Global Voices author.


Tanzania’s Kesho Leo: Building Tomorrow Today

Published 21st November 2010 - 0 comments - 8573 views -
This is a cross-post for Th!nk3: Developing World and Th!nk4: Climate Change.

This story about an Australian/Tanzanian project presents a development initiative that incorporates eco-friendly and sustainable building design.


f ood water  shelter’s Kesho Leo children’s village, (Swahili for ‘tomorrow today’) recently won the National Award for International Architecture from the Australian Institute of Architects for Robert Watson. Rob’s architecture firm is Watson Architecture + Design.


...builds and manages eco-friendly children's villages with education, social and health facilities for vulnerable women and children in developing countries.
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There was an article by Liza Power in The Age A2 Magazine 20 November 2010: ‘Sheltered Lives - Amid the hardships of Africa, a Melbourne Architect set out to build a miracle’:

Not only had his peers recognised the not insignificant feat of completing a “building that cost $170 per square metre and was constructed by 30 unskilled subsistence farmers.” But his design was now called home by the children he’d conceived it for: 80 Tanzanian orphans.

Unfortunately the story is behind a pay-wall but a 30 day trial will get access.

Kesho Leo’s eco-friendly construction has emerged from fws’ environment policy. Its first goal is to:

Minimise our footprint The ‘footprint’ of human activities is simply defined as the impact that we have on our environment - socially, culturally, economically and environmentally. fws will ensure that any of these impacts are minimised for the long-term benefit of the local people.
fws environmental policy

This is truly inspiring story. Please take a look.

(Photos: fws)

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