Encosi Africa 2014

Hello friends!

   I hope you are doing well. As you may or may not know, I am a second year Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo concentrating in Industrial Engineering and Technical Communications. This summer I have a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary service based project in South Africa. A team of Cal Poly Students and I will be working on a landscape architecture project to construct a sustainable playground for kids in rural areas.

I would really appreciate your support! The costs for this trip are adding up fast and I could really use the help financially. Any donation would go a long way. 

                        (In Xhosa means "thank you")

Ratang Bana Park 2013


     Encosi Africa 2014 will be a multifaceted service learning design/build internship. This trip will give us the opportunity to exercise Cal Poly's learn by doing motto on an international stage. We will engage in service learning projects that will build on work done by previous Cal Poly student groups in the past as well as manifest new projects to benefit various local communities. This will combine classroom instruction with meaningful community service. We will work at three different project sites in South Africa, one urban and two in rural settings. The urban project involves re-visiting a playground in Alexandra built by Cal Poly students last summer to evaluate its condition and make improvements. We will visit Baviaanskloof, a rural landscape reclamation project where we will partner with graduate students working on water security issues for the South African government. The third site is in Elliot, a small village in rural South Africa in need of a central gathering area and the ability to collect clean water. We will conduct community workshops and design charrettes with the residents to gain information to inform future work trips. We will also build some playground pieces for the local school before leaving. Encosi Africa will be an invaluable experience that will shape our professional lives in the future, and give us the opportunity to give back meaningful service, and gain extensive real world experiences

Below is the timelapse video of last year's Ratang Bana Park project:

The charity we will be partnering with to make this all happen is Kidlinks World. They are dedicated to improving the lives of AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Southern Africa through increased awareness and direct connections between donors and recipients by partnering with grassroots initiatives. 


            Specific Trip Objectives for Encosi 2014

-Work with an underprivileged community in Alexandra Township to help address child health and wellbeing issues through the advancement and integration of play in the lives of AIDS orphans.

- Conduct a post occupancy evaluation of the Ratang Bana Park built by Cal Poly students last year to identify construction and maintenance issues. Repairs will be completed and new design interventions will be constructed to enhance child development and safety.

- In the rural setting of KuManzimdaka, located just outside of Elliot, SA our goal is to help build community resources and address issues of sustenance. There is a critical need for clean water, but a lack of agreement as to how to provide it for the residents. Through design charrettes and workshops we hope to encourage an overall sense of community, which encompasses about 200 individuals, and develop a consensus for future action. We will be achieving these design goals through communication, design, and construction. By effectively communicating design possibilities we hope to direct the conversation to solve the issues at hand. This will allow for successful design and construction outcomes on subsequent return trips

- In Baviaanskloof, a UN World Heritage Site, we will contribute to the on-going work of graduate students from other universities as they address issues of water security and land reclamation. Baviaanskloof is the principal water source for Port Elizabeth, a major industrial community on the Indian Ocean. 

Thanks for your time and please let me know if you're interested in additional details.

Best Wishes! 

Jocelyn DeLeon
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