|On June 6, 2011 to Paris, La Tribune, the French daily newspaper, and its partners will reward the company they deem the most “committed” to social progress.|
In the International category, an up and coming association was nominated: La Voûte Nubienne.
The Fondation Chirac has followed the progress of this association’s projects for the past two years. It applauds their work that falls in line with the Fondation’s own commitments to development. The association’s goal is simple and vital. It fulfills a Right that is mentioned or guaranteed in many fundamental legislations: the right to housing.
Thus, the Voûte Nubienne aims to improve housing conditions in the Sahel, providing a practical, efficient, and economically viable solution.
The Voûte Nubienne started with the premise that 70% of the Sahelian population has no access to decent, sustainable living conditions. The majority of the population is forced to take out extremely onerous loans to acquire sheet metal to build uncomfortable and expensive roofs. In response to the problem, the Voûte Nubienne has decided to implement an ancestral technique formerly used in ancient Nubia (northern Sudan): the Nubian vault.
This African technique to build clay roofs has two important advantages: the total cost of construction requires only local ressources; in addition, it strengthens the local economy by employing local craftsmen and resources.
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