We are a super-efficient social innovation project in real world fight against poverty. We do a post-research spin-off: we build simple concrete floors in rural and slum schools and family houses. It brings to life impressive SDG output in public health, self-employment and inclusive education. We started with an academic SDG3 research. Now we master in SDG8, SDG4 and SDG1 in Africa
LONDON, 16 MAY 2022
We are proud to announce our Floor4Africa project is among social innovations the British Partliament is presenting as a proof of efficiency in SDG1 fight against poverty.
OUR MISSION POSSIBLE
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS?
IT'S A DIRT FLOOR. OVER 500 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE AND LEARN ON SUCH A FLOOR IN RURAL AND URBAN-SLUM AFRICA RIGHT NOW, IN 21st CENTURY - THE AGE OF ADVANCED TECH AND AI
DO YOU KNOW WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO USE TO KEEP IT USABLE?
IN THE BEST PUBLIC-HEALTH OPTION SUCH A FLOOR IS BEING RINSED OVER WITH A RAIN WATER ONLY TO CREATE MUD AND LET IT DRY
DO YOU KNOW WHAT LIVES IN A FLOOR THAT CAN'T BE CLEANED WELL?
EVERYTHING! WE IDENTIFIED NOT ONLY E.COLI BACTERIA AND COVID VIRUS BUT ALSO SOIL-TRANSMITTED NTDs, VERY AGRESSIVE JIGGERS AND EVEN BED BUGS
DO YOU KNOW WHAT WE DO TO CHANGE IT AT LAST?
WE CAN'T USE ADVANCED TECH. WE HAVE TO RETURN TO REAL WORLD CONDITIONS FOR USING: GOOD CEMENT, EASILY AVAILABLE STONES, SIMPLE SAND AND JUST WATER TO PROVIDE CHEAP BUT DURABLE CENCRETE FLOORS TO PEOPLE. WE WORKED OUT OUR OWN STANDARD THAT WE CALL: "STAN FLOOR C16/20"
DO YOU KNOW HOW IT ALSO HELPS?
IT GIVES TO PEOPLE A CHANCE NOT TO MIGRATE TO URBAN AREAS FOR LIVING IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS. WE REDUCE POVERTY BY MEANS OF PROVIDING RELIABLE WORK OPPORTUNITIES TO OUR LOCAL SUPPLY CHAIN AND EVEN LOCAL CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS
The most common images of rural Africa, literally connected to the Earth, need an extra step towards modernity, without changing its cultural functions. Providing concrete floors to the African rondavels significantly improves health and safety of families and local communities. Therefore, our mission is:
1. TO FACILITATE URBAN-SLUM AND RURAL AFRICAN SCHOOLS AND FAMILY HOUSES WITH A SIMPLE AND EASY-TO-CLEAN CONCRETE FLOOR [SDG1]
2. TO LET LOCAL CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS WORK & LIVE WITHOUT A NEED OF MIGRATING TO URBAN SLUM AREAS OR EUROPE [SDG8]
3. TO REDUCE PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES LIKE SOIL-TRANSMITTED NTDs, SAND FLEA OR DUST-BASED TRANSMISSION OF DISEASES AT HOME AND AT SCHOOL [SDG3]
Not more than £5/sqm is enough to change the quality of living and learning in an average African village or urban slum. Such a change is longlasting, because we build concrete floors with durability of more than 25 years. As you know, now over 500 million people experience lack of cleanable floor. Can you imagine what would happen if you wouldn't be able to clean your home or school well? We know it. SDG4 gets also new dimensions now.