Alliance Francaise Arusha Library
Arusha's branch of L'alliance Francais approached us when we were yet a very young project. Part of the ethos and training modules L'alliance Francais promotes is the preservation of the environment. They saw our business as an excellent fit for refurbishment of their library and reception area. This was a very exciting undertaking for us! We constructed one large reception desk (consisting of 148 bottles), a reading area that combines a storage unit (64 bottles), and a relaxation space, including floor cushions, beanbags (22kg of plastic bags used), and a lounge reading area, to launch their library.
ISM (International School Moshi) have been a keen supporter of Dunia Designs, having purchased some of our first pouffes produced. They have utilised over 268 plastic bottles within their library furniture. As repeat customers, we have valued their support and encouragement.
This year, ISM Arusha Campus will be using our 'Greenwood' products in the design of their new swimming pool and sports field changing blocks. We will keep you posted once this is up and running.
In early 2014, just a year before Dunia Designs set up, the then Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda revealed that Tanzania needed over 3.3 million desks for primary school alone. That's a lot of tree needed for a lot of desks. Since working with the plastic lumber of Greenwood, our first stop was to try and make a desk as cost effective as one made from wood. Only the Greenwood desks are ten times as durable, and most importantly, comfortable and practical for young children. Our desks can fit two or three children, and store books, with perfect dimensions for writing, reading and learning.
Beekeeping is one of Tanzania's oldest traditions and most profitable trades supporting the economy. Honey exports exceed $1.7 million every year, with apiaries employing roughly two million people in rural parts of the country. Traditionally. beekeepers have constructed hives from logs, bark, reeds and pots: accessible and low cost. However, following Western influences, many experienced beekeepers have embraced the popular, and more commercial Langstroth style hive - most commonly used in The States. Langstroth hives consist of a deep 'brood' box, where the queen and her brood build honeycomb for honey food stores and new brood. A number of 'supers' are positioned on top, where honey can be harvested without disrupting the brood. Dunia Designs have teamed up with conservation charity, Wild Survivors, to build Langstroth and traditional top bar hives, for farming communities to use as a natural deterrent against frequent crop-raids by elephants who roam in and out of Tarangire National Park.
Why are hives used to defend crops? Elephants are scared of bees! Wild Survivors are supporting farmers with this sustainable, low-tech solution; protecting farmland, and saving elephants from retaliation attacks. With the guidance from local beekeepers, farmers can train in the art of keeping bees; harvesting and selling honey as an additional income source. It's a win-win! Elephants are struggling to survive at the hands of poachers and the raging ivory trade. Human-elephant conflict is the silent killer. We're developing and building 'GreenHives', as a Conservation Partner with Wild Survivors, to create harmony between villagers, and our largest land mammal, with the bees! Protecting a future for wildlife and people. Learn more >>>
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