Ecological building at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage
Meeting Hall and kitchen are open at Ndanifor Permaculture Ecovillage. This is the first project of this kind in Bafut region and part of our efforts to demonstrate sustainable development techniques.
The concept: an ecological building
- Designed for the location, considering climate, geology and natural environment. This means natural ventilation, views to the beauty of the site, rainwater collection, greywater system, and solar energy. Systems that connect to our environment support the farming activities through irrigation and compost.
- Built with primarily local materials such as stone for foundation, earth for walls (cob and mud-blocks), raffia bamboo for shutters and finishing, and natural plasters from local clay. The roof is covered with locally produced clay tiles and for exterior features, with grass.
- Beauty and functionality come together in hand-carved door frames and decorative wall panels inside. Colored light streams through a bottle feature in the west wall. Stunning views through generous openings reduce the barrier between inside and outside. Furnishings from raffia bamboo demonstrate the skills of local craftsmen.
- The kitchen is equipped with an improved cook stove and a cob bread oven, both built to provide a smoke free work environment. Waste water from the sink is filtered and directed to irrigation for plants.
In our role as educators and facilitators for development we worked with local community members. The construction phase offered opportunity for eco-building training.
Afouh Eric, an experienced builder from Alegnwi, was a key person in all phases: he built the stone foundation, took the leadership for the block wall construction and floors and continued working in the completion of the kitchen. He worked closely with project leader Elke Cole and was supported by Suh Christopher.
The octagonal roof of the hall was framed by Awa Louis Cheo and his team. He was supported by volunteer Maknus Funwi who generously offered his skills and relationships in consultation.
The clay roof tiles were produced by PRESPOT in Bamessing, near Bamenda, and installed by Neba Walters Che and his team from Bafut.
We designed large shutters for the openings and asked Valery Agyngi to build a metal frame for raffia infill. The raffia work was done by Ayancho Ngwa Pius, a local raffia artist.
Our entrance doors were designed and built by Wirngo Clivus , a Bamenda woodworking contractor.
Pictures of the construction process are in our facebook album.
The Hall is now available for events and classes. Please contact our office .