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Building the structural frame, Salaam School, Ethiopia

This chapter was founded in 2004 as a humanitarian response to the tsunami in Southeast Asia, with the founding project being a community center in Sri Lanka. What developed was an association of designers, builders, architects and landscape architects that take the design process to great clients who deserve it. What continues is a group of volunteers that work for local, regional, and international clients that want to impact and improve their built environments.

  • 2004

    founded

  • 125

    volunteer base

Photo by troy gallas

Mohamed Fofana School in Siguiri, Guinea

“We want to do this project, because this was what Mohamed dreamed of doing when he grew up. He wanted to help the less privileged children in Africa by building a school and also a soccer field. He thought of this when he went to Africa in 2009. He saw children going to school with no shoes and many not going to school because their parents could not afford school fees. This was the reason why he said, “when I grow up, I want to be a professional soccer player so that I can save lots of money for me to achieve mydreams.” As parents, since Mohamed did not live to achieve his dreams, we’d like for them to come true bythe help of the almighty God and all of you who made this possible. That is why we would like to name the school after Mohamed (Mohamed Fofana Memorial School).”

— Madosu Fofana

  • 20

    Volunteers

  • 480

    future students annually, plus teachers and staff!

Photo by Becca Staley and AFH-MSP

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Learning Center, Sri Lanka, for Minnesota Sri Lanka Friendship Foundation

The Chapter’s design for the Community Center attempts to respect the reason why Sri Lankans are being relocated from their coastal regions to the new village on the Monrovia Estate. In the post-tsunami recovery process, the community may need a time for healing, and most importantly, a reason to look forward to their new lives. Connections to the coast and the community’s former villages, as well as the ties to friends in MN and the international community are important. Water becomes the unifying element, bringing people together across lands, and was developed as a key design feature throughout the site.

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    Volunteers

  • 1000

    Families

Photo by Rich Koechlein

Design sketches and final installation

On September 12, 2008, the MN Chapter held a fundraiser for our first design-build project, the Twin Cities Homeless Locker Project, to address the needs of homeless individuals to have a secure storage location for personal belongings that they can access as needed. The event at the Bedlam Theatre raised over $3500 to build lockers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Phase I of the Locker Project was completed in the Fall of 2008 when AFH MN built 20 lockers for Simpson Housing in Minneapolis. Phase II was completed in the Spring of 2010 when AFH MSP, built lockers for The Family Place in St. Paul.

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    volunteers

A Grocery Store Bus, Bound For A Food Desert ! The Twin Cities Mobile Market contacted OA-MSP to assist in converting a decomissioned Metro Transit bus into a mobile fresh food market. We located design drawings for the Phantom Gillig model bus they were working with, and help space plan for the equipment they were using. They have found interested customers throughout St Paul, and are expanding to a second bus! We were contacted because the client had seen a similar project, called the Fresh Moves bus, that the Chicago OAC Chapter had created. This is one way that Chapters have been able to build on each others great work.

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