Additionally, students often view issues surrounding sustainability, food-water-energy and development as global problems with no local significance. There is a need for students and the youth to be oriented to these basic sustainability concerns that are plaguing the world. The projects under this category also look at building content and programs that encourage students to go out into their communities, seek, analyse and engage with the issues identified to build their own solutions.
Planting trees provides families with more than just food. It provides income, empowerment, unity, leadership, education and even saves lives. When we can teach people to value themselves and their environment, they see amazing improvements in their standard of living.
An understanding about the energy needs of the Health Centres is a crucial first step for assessing the gaps in energy access. But there is also a need to go a step beyond, and understand delivery of health services from the end user perspective. While current efforts across the sector look at understanding the energy gap in health delivery, SASA Foundation aims to look at developing holistic solutions that challenge the standard operational models, delivery models, and technology to redefine ‘affordability’ and quality at the last mile.
Incorporating passive technologies (that bring in natural lighting and ventilation), appropriate materials that provide natural cooling/heating inside the structure, can result in buildings that are inherently efficient in its use of energy. While this is a known fact across the build and design community, specific challenges emerge when trying to incorporate these techniques for low income communities. These constraints might be due to dense living environments or spatial constraints, lack of appropriate financing, access to skill and construction/material knowledge etc. Thus, there is a need to develop and innovate upon specific technologies and design or planning solutions that help build these missing processes in delivery of sustainable ‘affordable’ housing for infrastructure at the bottom of the pyramid.