MAPUTO CRECHE & CHILDCARE CENTRE
MAPUTO / MOZAMBIQUE
PROJECT TYPE: Crèche and Childcare Centre
PROJECT PARTNERS: Meninos de Moçambique, Street Child Africa and Pierre d’Avoine Architects
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
Mozambique is recovering from 15 years of civil war. According to UNICEF Mozambique, about 40% of Mozambican women become pregnant before the age of 20. They also report that of the 10 million under 18s in the country, four million are considered vulnerable often because their mothers are single and struggling financially. The situation in the barrios is often worse than in the country as a whole.
Article 25 worked in Luis Cabral barrio in Maputo, alongside Meninos de Moçambique, Street Child Africa and Pierre d’Avoine Architects to design a crèche and childcare centre for the children in Maputo. As A25 volunteer architect James Earle learnt while working on the project some mothers have to leave their children to their own devices while working. The centre will keep the children safe and prevent them joining street gangs while their mothers are earning or studying.
The project aims to construct a bigger, better, safer and stronger building for childcare. The design is sustainable and appropriate to the climate. Once built the centre will have good, natural ventilation for comfort in a hot and humid environment.