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.
DETAILS: parliament.uk



F4A BLOG



GenAlpha: "I build floor for children"

London, 19 November 2022

Franek is #GenAlpha boy living comfortable life and enjoying European pre-school education. He is 3 only. But knows well what we do with concrete floors in our world. He has not visited Africa yet. However, we talk to him about our work from time to time. Now he is so interested in changing learning conditions for children in urban-slum and rural areas of Africa that he creates modular floors out of his toys. Probably no other kid in Europe who comes home and starts playing this way. Saying: "I build floor for children", sounds cute in his own language. Smart boy, truly aware what's important to do for the better future.


Small Business for Big Issues

London, 31 October 2022

One of the most amazing effects of our scientific impact project Floor4Africa is the fact that small and progressive businesses are so keen on co-operating with us. Their owners are always experienced professionals operating in construction services. They understand well what kind of change we bring to the way of learning and living in urban-slum and rural school environment. It doesn't make any problem to them to share with us all the crucial experience they have. It happens event though they reside in Europe, far away from spots we change by means of our simple but efficient STAN FLOOR C16/20. Meet Tomasz Losiewicz and Stanislaw Wojciechowski. Both gentlemen run businesses in the EU. None of them ever worked in Africa before. With us they let other people work over there. It's a great job!


Floor4Africa Project Managers

London, 17 October 2022

This is what happens to you when you finish an implementation of the scientific impact project Floor4Africa of ours: you become a new, very professional influencer in your local community. You helped us with your skills and passion, we help you with confirming to the whole world that you are reliable, cooperative and skilled person. And you proved it in action with us. Up to now we've got two nationwide-grade Project Managers in Africa. Eric in Ghana and Abiola in Nigeria. Congrats to Abiola for her understanding of the future of SDGs. You can really manage extensive grassroots projects well!


First mop-cleaning at urban-slum school

London, 13 October 2022

So, we've got the first ever mop cleaning of our STAN FLOOR C16/20 in the urban-slum school in Ajegunle, Lagos. It took a bit of time to find proper mops, buckets and brushes but it was fully worth to wait a bit. Now our work in that unique school has been finished. Our school friends cleaned with bare feet to expresses their respect to the place they co-create. It's so good to see how the reality has changed in SDGs prism. All we did a great job for SDG4 - kids can focus on learning even more. We did a grat job for SDG8 - local traders and professionals were able to work with us. We did a great job for SDG1 - poverty means lack of concrete floor not only at home but also at school. And now, you can see that we do also a great job for SDG3 - no more mud, no more dust and no more germs or bugs at school. Floor4Africa is a great scientific impact project!


BEFORE & AFTER

London, 23 September 2022

Building concrete floors in rural and urban slum schools in Africa is so simple and efficient in SDGs prism. We decrease the risk of soil-transmitted NTDs by ca. 25% and increase to efficiency of learning at school by up to 50% in climate-change weather conditions. Have a look what STAN FLOOR C16/20 means to children. We are so proud we invented such an obvious methodology of carrying out SDG3 and SDG4 by means of SDG1 and SD8. Big impact projects don't require much money. They require social innovation approach we develop thanks to our research.


SDG4 joy at school in Ajegunle

London, 18 September 2022

Floor4Africa construction works in the school in Ajegunle in Lagos have been finished. We built a great concrete floor to let children avoid mud when it rains and dust during the dry season. STAN FLOOR C16/20 is such a simple and not expensive social innovation, easily scalable in all the rural and urban slum environment in sub-Saharan Africa. As you see so many children are happy and this is only the morning shift. Population is growing fast in Nigeria. It's over 2% a year. To improve SDG4 rates we do have to focus on conditions the learning proces is developing in. So obvious to us, because we are academics and professionals in a real world impact projects. We've got also very reliable friends over there, inc. teachers, social activists and the school manager - Mr. Israel.


Our response to Climate Change for the SDG4

London, 12 September 2022

What our simple STAN FLOOR C16/20 means to the local communities in vulnerable areas of Africa? It means also... SDG4! There was a huge rainfall last weekend in Lagos. Almost all schools located in Ajegunle are not in operation right now. But not the one we work in with the Floor4Africa impact project. Our school has only wet floor now! No puddles, no mud, no prevention from learning for children anymore (when it's heavily raining). Great results without any complex activities to support local community growth in Nigeria. Makes us so proud!


Made in Nigeria

London, 9 September 2022

As you know well, we always activate local resources to carry out an implementation of our Floor4Africa impact project. Now we work in a school located in Ajegunle urban slum in Lagos. Our leading mason is Mr. Nicholas, who has vast experience in construction services. As professional recommended by local community representatives, he's been allowed to form his team and get down to work according our standards. So, as you see well (if you know Nigerian market), we support "Made in Nigeria". We use only locally produced cement. Always. It's very important to support further growth of the local community in such a vulnerable environment as the urban slum in Lagos.


African women and girls in STEM

London, 8 September 2022

Our works reached the nursery space of the school we work in. It requires additional reinforcing of the ground. So, our smart "Lagos Team" started processing with some old plasterboards nobody needs anymore. It attracted a few young spectators and female teachers. They developed a meeting on attracting African girls to STEM. This project of ours makes us so happy. Its simplicity is very inclusive in multidimensional scope. We improve not only public health and labour market issues but we do a great job with upgrading the quality of learning. When you are a kid and you don't have to stay in distracting mud at school (when it rains), you can start thinking about real progress.


The impact project volunteering

London, 7 September 2022

We are experiencing a decent interest in volunteering with our impact project Floor4Africa. It was happening everywhere we worked up to now in Africa. But in Nigeria it's much different because of the size of Nigerian population. Over 200 million people live in entire country. Half of them experience extreme poverty. Access to SDG8 work is not easy at all. Even 20 million of educated youth can stay without regular employment over there. Therefore, so many young people volunteering with us in the informal urban settlement we work in. They show not only skills but also motivation for development. Have a look what's going on in that unique school right now.


Walk in Ajegunle

London, 6 September 2022

Ajegunle is a big informal settlement in Lagos. But there is no road access to the school we work in. So, our friends have to bring everything by themselves to carry on with works. Have a look at a short walk this young mason aide has to make to deliver sand. You will follow him to get what kind of challenge can be such an easy project as the concrete STAN FLOOR C16/20. It's so good to know how local people engage to deliver Floor4Africa project well!


When it rains in Lagos

London, 5 September 2022

When it rains, you can't do much with your construction works outdoors. Therefore, you do go indoors to optimise the space and carry on! Our very smart 'Team Lagos' created a little spot to keep up with the project timeline. Have a look what they do even without special tools that are popular in the West. A lot is possible in Africa when people have a real access to even very small budget. We are creating this STAN FLOOR C16/20 for less than £1k as the total budget, incl. local cement and labour force. Our Stanislaw, who is professional in construction services, is praising out local project manager - Abiola, and all the rest of 'Team Lagos' about the optimal way they manage money. He compares it to a very rational and very efficient management over human resources in a very good organisation.


Lifelong Learning!

London, 2 September 2022

Lifelong learning is inevitable for active people. Imagine, we've just realised that in many parts of Lagos there are no stones by the road. Ajegunle - the urban slum we work in, used to be a swamp. Now its relatively dry over there but still no stones one can easily find and pick. Local people co-operating with us were confused a bit when asked about using simple stones everyone can find by the road (for additional reinforcing the STAN FLOOR C16/20 they build in the school). Abiola - our Project Manager based in Lagos, explained everything at once. Now we are much more aware what kind of environment we have entered with our Floor4Africa impact project. Enjoy the footage!


One country two exchange rates

London, 30 August 2022

Interesting experience in project management for us. Nigerian financial sector is the part of the global economy we ought to be very patient with. When you do an international impact project like us, and all you need to do from your European side is to send money to your African side, you should consider all the transfer conditions to avoid issues with the project budget. We always use only safe and official ways of money transferring. We believe it's much better to get maybe a bit lower exchange rate but to get it at all in the country we work with the Floor4Africa. In case of Nigeria, it looks like you can choose official and safe way of money transfer with lower rate and official and safe way of money transfer with higher rate. A bit complex to explain how this fair finance works but both ways are OK, in fact. Only takes time with the nonprofit-like one. No need for us to cut costs now. We do always need very good quality of our impact project implementation for small rural and urban slum schools in Africa.


UK Home Office Reintegration PROGRAMME

London, 16 August 2022

Abiola - our honourable representative, attended today the meeting of the UK Home Office. It took place in Lagos, Nigeria. The main topic was: ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. It's constantly raising issue in the UK. Therefore, British ministry started to look for efficient ways of dealing with it. As a matter of fact, our impact project Floor4Africa leads to up to 40% decrease in migration from rural to urban areas of Africa. Our research shows also that over 50% of Africans who came to Europe to look for better living and employment opportunities would consider return to Africa (as our local project managers), to do such a decent and pride-making work with delivering concrete floors to urban slum and rural schools. We strongly believe it is the most efficient way of dealing with illegal immigration by means of letting people do good and important things. Reintegration of illegal immigrants will go well with the work & learn F4A project!


School floor durability

London, 13 August 2022

This is what makes us sure the concrete floor we build at Ajegunle slum school in Lagos is very durable and can last for generations. It's a kind of reinforcing mesh our Stanislaw, who is a professional in construction services, said we ought to use for making the floor matching African school reality. Children do not walk. They usually run. Such a fact implies the need of using much stronger reinforcing mesh that we do in rural Africa family houses. Physics!


Compare the market

London, 3 August 2022

We had a good meeting with a group of kind people interested in supporting our Floor4Africa impact project in Ajegunle slum. We introduced all crucial details, incl. the fact we don't take any admin cost for carrying out this social innovation. It implies crucial output that we're recognised as a very efficient SDG1 example at the British Parliament. Our Stanislaw, who is construction professional working in Germany, brought to us the comparison of cost of the concrete floor we do in the school located in informal urban settlement in Nigeria to a very similar quality one in German reality. So, our budget challenge for building a durable floor in Nigerian school is 800 EUR and nothing more. All materials and cost of work are local and included in the total cost. On the other hand, the 154sqm floor in the EU reality would be not less than 4158 EUR. It's over five times more than what we work out in Africa with the STAN FLOOR C16/20 (that has a minimum 20-year durability). Such a concrete floor is changing the quality of life of not only 120 children who attend the school. Our impact floor is changing the future of their families too. Children can focus on learning much more when there is no dust or mud at school. Can you see what a change we do activate in Africa? It is a very real change!


F4A: 2 continents and 7 countries already involved

London, 23 July 2022

Good to know that people from two continents and seven countries have already been involved in managing the scientific impact project Floor4Africa. United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Ghana and Nigeria co-operate over borders for SDGs. People from all walks of life - academics, professionals, researchers, influencers fully understanding what we can do to move sustainable development goals a bit more ahead. Thanks to such a simple social innovation we improve inclusive education, public health, self-employment and we efficiently deal with poverty in Africa.


Future of Education

London, 17 July 2022

We can't imagine future of education without inclusive education, in fact. Most of us are academics, therefore we get well what's going on with SDG4. We go to small rural and urban slum schools to do so simple STAN FLOOR C16/20 for making more real to achieve that very important UN sustainable goal. According to our in-field experience, SDG4 turns more possible when children learn on a floor preventing mud when it rains and dust during the dry season. Concrete floor we do can be cleaned well. There's no SDG4 without taking SDG3 into account.


SDG4 challenge accepted

London, 10 July 2022

Our initial project management activities have been done and we take the SDG4 challenge in Lagos. We'll provide STAN FLOOR C16/20 to the ISRINA SCHOOLS. It's a small but important 154sqm-school located in urban informal settlement Ajegunle. Now over 100 children attend that social-innovation institution. It's so hard to learn in mud when it rains. All of them live in the neighbourhood and the school is the only hope for a change. No other way over there. We feel proud we can help and we go!


F4A Leader in Lagos

London, 8 July 2022

Let us introduce our loacal leader in Lagos. Abiola Seriki is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Growth Marketing specialist passionate about people and growth of sustainable businesses across the world through digital transformation. Beyond helping people and brands grow, her passion is to ensure that authentic business stories are told on a global scale. She runs "Convazations Africa" channel on YT, which is targeted at showcasing African innovative business community, mostly in Yaba - 'silicon valley' of Nigeria.


Here go our CSR certificates

London, 6 July 2022

As said before, we continue with issuing CSR certificates to all donors of ours. This is what we've sent to the nursery school No. 29 based in Tychy city in Poland today. Similar award goes to a small construction services company ITL based in Germany. Both have confirmed their passion about SDG. They supported our social innovation project we carried out for a single female parent of four in Tafi Atome village in Ghana. Many thanks for the Floor4Africa support. We appreciate even more when very small organisations come to us and say: "You do such a good work, we want to help out!"


Floor4Africa going to school for SDG4

London, 3 July 2022

Imagine, we have realised that most of the rural and urban-slum schools in sub-Saharan Africa look like this one when it rains... Question is: "How children can learn while sinking in mud?" Therefore, we decide to go to Nigeria with our social innovation. We'll start over there a new chapter of the Floor4Africa project not only for SDG1, SDG3 and SDG8 but also for SDG4. The location is: Ajegunle in Lagos. Implementation of our STAN FLOOR C16/20 should start this month and must be finished in August.


Partners of our Ghana implementation

London, 28 June 2022

Let us introduce two honourable supporters of our Ghana social innovation pilot. The concrete floor we have implemented in Mrs. Afi's house in Tafi Atome village was supported by the nursery school No. 29 based in Tychy in Poland and by the construction services company ITL based in Hassloch in Germany. The Polish nursery school co-operating with us is a new generation educational institution. They do important inclusion by themselves. They welcome, with a great commitment, children experiencing disability. The small German company is focused on delivering the top quality pipeline isolation services. As you see, we've been building an inclusive team of organisations bringing - with Floor 4Africa - the SDG inclusion to the rural areas of Africa. It's so good to have so many different European institutions onboard.


Cleaning your house for SDG3

London, 26 June 2022

So, the cleaning time has come! We built the concrete floor and the single female parent of four starts a new stage of her family life. We've got a lot of good-looking home accessories in the West. They make us think our life is not bad at all. The cost of "HAPPY FAMILY" kit was like 5-10% of the total cost of STAN FLOOR C16/20 we do in rural Africa houses these days. The version we bought a few years ago at Next UK says that good mums prefer happiness of kids over keeping their floors clean. Now, after another implementation of our Floor4Africa social innovation, we can see even better the relation between happiness of kids and clean floor at home. Mrs. Afi, who were never able to clean her house to let her children experience a better quality of living, now is able to clean her tiny house. Can you imagine what sticky floors really mean in rural Africa? Soil-transmitted Neglected Tropical Diseases bring so many bad things to African children living in houses with a dirt floor. Therefore, poverty and SDG3 rates look on and on not the way we expect in 21st century. To change it we do our best. Eric, who is our local leader in Ghana, brought: washing soap, sweeping brush and mop with bucket to Mrs. Afi. He also made a short training in efficient cleaning. Good Lord, the happiness we did to the family was priceless. All this is so usual in the West but it's still something new in rural Africa. Let's change it together, everyone can help!


Boosting labour market in rural Africa

London, 23 June 2022

Have a look at the way local construction professionals work in rural Africa... when they have a good job! We are so excited about what we do with Floor4Africa social innovation to the local labour market, too. This is what all we have to focus on in front of population growth and enormous deficit of decent work places in Africa. Construction services are so prospective for inclusion of a great number of Africans living in rural areas and experiencing lack of SDG8 work. Such a little thing like a concrete STAN FLOOR C16/20 brings so efficient solution for a successful fight against unemployment and poverty in Africa.


Supporting local businesses in Africa

London, 19 June 2022

As you can see on the footage above, we do always support local businesses while carrying out the social innovation project Floor4Africa. Our local team working now in Ghana bought "Diamond Cement" to build the concrete floor for Ms. Afi - a single female parent of four school children, in Tafi Atome village in Volta Region. They did it to let us build and boost an awareness on market presence of very good "Made in Africa" products. African goods are still hardly recognisable in global market. Many people in the West have no idea there are e.g. local producers of cement in Africa. We know it well. Therefore, we do our best with the SDG1 Floor4Africa social innovation project not only in SDG3 but also SDG8 prism.


International Day of African Child

London, 16 June 2022

Today is another International Day of the African Child. We do the action research in Africa, so we know very well how to help out children living in many African villages. As you see on the footage above, kids are always with us. They come and watch carefully how professionals work for real-world change. According to our SDG1 surveys, construction services are a big market niche in rural Africa. Even 500 million people can live in family houses deprived of easy-to-clean concrete floors. There are millions of children among them. Our simple STAN FLOOR C16/20 is so cheap but also so durable that we are full of rational hopes concerning future of work many of those children will experience thanks to Floor4Africa. This social innovation is made for kids to let them live better life.


Mental Health professional onboard

London, 14 June 2022

We are happy to announce that a new member joins Floor4Africa leading team. Adriana Gorka MA is a psychologist and the Head of the Applied Psychology Unit at the Polish University Abroad in London. Her presence here has been implied somehow by the raising fact of children interacting with the social innovation we do in African villages. It's just another positive output of our SDG1 grassroots work. When kids see what we do and how essential change it brings to people's life, they declare they want to become construction professionals. They want to work in local construction services to make the future of Africa better than what they experience now. It looks like we will discuss over the mental health issues relating to motivations and aspirations of youth meeting Floor4Africa in their environment. All those hopes can't go for nothing when all we need - in fact - a sustainable growth of Africa. Welcome Adriana, it's a pleasure to have such a professional onboard!


Sebastian and SDG8 in Ghana

London, 12 June 2022

We have just added Sebastian - the construction professional we co-operate with in Volta Region of Ghana, to our SDG8 recommendation database. You know how hard it can be to start to prosper when you are even the top-class professional in construction services but you live in the rural areas of Africa. Therefore, we created the database of the best self-employed masons who co-operate with us while implementing the STAN FLOOR C16/20 in their close neighbourhood. We do believe our Floor4Africa is a great way of market promotion and further recommendations.


Ghana project has started

London, 10 June 2022

We've started our project works in Tafi Atome village in Ghana. A single female parent of four will get our STAN FLOOR C16/20 for her tiny 15sqm house. Madam Afi and her female neighbour are so excited about the life quality change we bring to her family that they both decided to help with works. They want to acquire some team-work skills in construction for their CV too. Local construction professional - Sebastian, who is carrying out our Floor4Africa project in that place, finds his both apprentices as very helpful and diligent. Isn't the local construction industry the best way to improve SDG8 rates in rural Africa? It is, obviously!


The concrete floor - psychological and sociological views

London, 8 June 2022

We had an academic debate on psychological and sociological views relating to not expensive but durable concrete floors we provide to family houses in rural Africa. Our team member - Professor Czubinska, who is an experienced professional in social sciences and public health, explained how important work we do also in psychological and sociological prism. First of all, we find the concrete floor as a change factor improving public health rates in rural Africa. Additionally, it's also a change factor in labour market - it lets people develop not only self-employment in construction services but also in local trade. Workforce as well as cement, sand, stones and water for the concrete floor always come from local sources only. According to Prof. Czubinska, our concrete floor represents a strong thinking pattern supporting growth and security. How? It's simple. Most of the rural Africa family houses can be really vulnerable to climate change and unexpected weather conditions. They need almost never ending refurbishments. If there's a concrete floor inside your house, you are always sure - in psychological view - that you stand on a firm base in your life. Concrete floor always lets you build new walls around it. Now imagine entire village affected by the climate change. Hurricanes are able to destroy walls but it's hardly possible that concrete floors would be destroyed too. In sociological prism, we provide some kind of security to the local community. All the village can be easily restored after any sort of crisis affecting family houses. It also explains why we notice such a significant decrease of pro-migration behaviours. You can remember that every seventh inhabitant of Earth already has been living in an urban slum. Concrete floor makes home more real and progressive. It develops a link between mind and place, makes mind more focused on place development. This way we do a good piece of psychological and sociological job with our "Floor4Africa" project.


New partners for the Ghana project

London, 5 June 2022

We are happy to announce we've completed the fundraising for the Floor4Africa project pilot in Ghana. Among our great donators are: a nursery school located in southern Poland and a construction-industry company based in western Germany. Imagine, just 200 EUR in total is enough to change forever the quality of life of a single female parent living with 4 children in a very tiny 15sqm house in Tafi Atome village, Volta Region of Ghana. Now Ms. Adjato is going to get from us a free-of-charge concrete STAN FLOOR C16/20 we always do by means of local resources like: work force, sand, water, stones and cement. Thanks to this simple social innovation we improve much the SDG3, SDG8 and SDG1 rates realting to the real world issues like: public health, unemployment and poverty in rural Africa. So, all the implementation will start in about week with our local represeanative - Eric, in the Project Manager role.


Stanislaw in Brussels

London, 31 May 2022

Very good news from the capital city of united Europe. Our Stanislaw went to Brussels to deliver a short presentation on the Floor4Africa project in the parliament of the European Union. He met not only the EU staff but also one of MEPs. We are so proud of him. He is an experienced professional in construction industry but now it looks like he can be also a good consultant in public health, unemployment and poverty-related issues in rural areas of Africa. It is the second time our Floor4Africa was presented in such an important institution. This year we were also very well recognised by the British parliament, which means that our social-innovation project gets more and more attention in international scale. All great feed-backs relating to our SDG mission in Africa are always welcome. Many thanks!


New F4A challenge in Ghana

London, 14 May 2022

We are closer and closer to land with Floor4Africa project in Ghana. Our local representative - Eric, did a great field research. You should know, our standard survey for all new sites is so extensive that our researchers hardly ever can fill in exactly all fields with crucial data. This time we got like instantly everything we do need. So, have a closer look at the tiny house we'll facilitate with our concrete STAN FLOOR C16/20 made out of locally available ingredients and even with local workforce. As you know, the 15sqm one-room house belongs to a female single parent living with 4 school-age children. The interior is covered with some clay. It doesn't create much of dust but it's still vulnerable to water: you can't wash such a floor inside your house because pouring water on it creates mud (and mud is a great environment for the growth of all the germs). Madam Afi - the house owner, is happy with our project much. We can't wait for the start of works, which should happen this month. We'll change the quality of living of this family for even less than 200 GBP. Yes, such a small amount of money will change for decades the way they live at their home.


Eric from Ghana joins Floor4Africa

London, 6 May 2022

We had a very moving online meeting today. Eric Tackie Tawiah Ankrah from Ghana became a member of the managing team of our social innovation Floor4Africa project. He is a Junior Researcher in the Africa Studies Unit at the Polish University Abroad in London. Eric joined us with the strategy of introducing Floor4Africa pilot project in rural areas of Ghana. What he brought to our awareness has exceeded our expectations. It's not only the professional way he carried out all the paperwork. The point is the family house we are going to facilitate with our life-changing concrete STAN FLOOR C16/20. We'll work for a single female parent living with 4 children in a very small one-room house in Tafi Atome area, the Volta Region of Ghana. We saw a lot of everyday-life challenges in Africa but what we face now is so moving that even some tears appeared in our eyes when we were discussing over this particular case. Stay with us, we'll start our works this month. Welcome Eric, welcome Ghana!


SDG1 proof on efficient fight against poverty

London, 25 April 2022

We are utterly proud that British pariament has brought our Floor4Africa project to the top-level public debate on extreme poverty and the Sustainable Development Goals. We've been delivering a SDG1 proof to the International Development Committee at House of Commons. It's about efficient managing over a social innovation project for people living rural areas of Africa: parliament.uk (we are the no. SDG0001, which is the fact we've been delivering a proof for the first time ever and we do it as the first organisation out of 46). That's a good milestone, now on our way to... Ghana! Stay tuned in, we do believe that our world can eliminate poverty out of human life in rural Africa areas.


International Symposium: SDG Challenges in Africa

London, 9 January 2022

We are proud that on 2nd January we carried out the first symposium in the world in 2022. The topic: SDG challenges, of course. Only 8 years left to the 2030, so we just had to do it due to the fact we see well how everything goes with SDGs in field. We cope with real-world issues in Africa: SDG1, SDG3, SDG8 at most. Therefore, we invited not only academics but also professionals dealing with the reality we face over there. 8 countries from Africa & Europe were represented: United Kingdom, Poland, Germany, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana and South Africa. Speakers got not much time to deliver presentations but we were able to talk over each one of them. This way 2-hour event turned into 3-hour one. It was good to listen to Prof. Grazyna Czubinska from London, who delivered a presentation on Neglected Tropical Diseases (in relation to children living in dirt-floor houses in rural areas of Africa). Our project Floor4Africa makes - in fact - so important change in number of household infections. The same with Hon. Sheka Tarawalie (Sierra Leone), who was speaking about poverty and what can be done as easy as we do with Floor4Africa. Dr Teresa Naidoo (South Africa), spoke about human rights and SDG16. Our two colleagues from Kenya: Prof. Michael Muoki and Dr Ibrahim Busolo delivered great presentations about SDG14 and SDG15 relating to Kenyan way of preserving African nature. Ewa Lukaszewicz MSc (Poland) told us about some interesting SDG5 issues. Our EdTech prodigy - Daria Kowalska (Poland), showed to us what 'inverted' SDG4 means - that Africa's going to be a source of the best available teaching force for European schools in the coming future. Abiola Seriki BA from Nigeria told us how SDG9 looks like in Lagos (the city with GDP even bigger than entire Kenyan economy). Eric Tackie Tawiah Ankrah from Ghana told us how SDG8 issues look like in tourism, that is one of the most impressive branches of growing African economy. Finally, Roman Mazur MBA (the chair of the symposium), spoke about the SDG11 and the fact our Floor4Africa project is also preventing people from the migration to informal urban settlements or even to Europe. Stanislaw Wojciechowski - construction professional from Germany (and his son), brought very important conclusion: We can do really a lot when we just co-operate for real good! All details on symposium available: here...


Simple Pandemic Prevention

London, 4 December 2021

British NHS started unusual campaign. They inform not only about washing hands and wearing face cover to prevent COVID-19 spreading. Now it's also such a basic solution as opening windows included. Have a look: YouTube... The ad asks for opening windows to stop COVID19 hanging around... In fact, it's exactly what we do in Floor4Africa project to reduce the risk of almost all kinds of pandemics in rural areas of African continent. We build inexpensive but durable concrete floors in family houses and we do say: Now you can really clean the floor to live much healthier life at home!


Soil-transmitted NTDs

London, 2 December 2021

There's a fake information spreading among school children at most: "when a good food drops on the floor, it can be still eaten unless 3 seconds have gone". That strange rule has different version in rural African areas, where people experience poverty and shortage of nutritious food. Almost everything falling on the floor can't be just thrown away. Imagine now there are local communities that use e.g. cow waste for covering dirt floors inside their family houses to prevent dusting... Do you know over 1 billion people in the world are infected with Ascaris, up to 800 million with whipworm and almost the same number with hookworm? All three parasites are soil-transmitted kinds of Neglected Tropical Diseases. Our research shows that it is possible to reduce new infections, especially among children, up to 25% thanks to introducing simple, inexpensive concrete floors to rural African family houses. You know we do it so efficiently that the cost is ca. $1/person a year, with 25-year durability of our STAN FLOOR C16/20 standard. And all this with full inclusion of local resources only. Isn't Floor4Africa a multiutility project supporting SDG3, SDG8 and SDG1? Yes, it is indeed!


Our way of pandemic prevention

London, 30 November 2021

Who had imagined that simple washing hands and basic face covering were the most efficient ways of an early-stage response to the global COVID19 pandemic? Only Public Health professionals realise how important are easy, low-cost solutions in preventing development of any pandemic. It relates not only to COVID but even to Ebola. Our research shows that COVID-19 virus can last over one week on dust particles you can breathe in in the most of rural Africa family houses. Up to 80% of inhabitants of African villages experience living in a dirt-floor environment. It means their houses can't be cleaned almost at all to remove not only insects like jiggers but also bacteria and virus from the floor. Moreover, the environment of germs breeding escalates in high temperatures when people have to use water to reduce the level of dust coming from the dirt floor. But imagine, everything changes when such a basic solution comes into the house as our simple concrete floor. Only then people are able to clean efficiently even with a bucket of the rain water. It creates a completely new public health environment in the rural African household prism. The cost is so low that it can be easily introduced to all those over 500 million people experiencing poverty and living in houses with dirt floors. We are excited about our social innovation we carry out for SDG3 in Africa with only local resources and even without carbon footprint.


CSR and SMEs

London, 27 November 2021

People seem to believe the Corporate Social Responsibility can relate only to huge, international organisations. In fact, it used to be their domain several years ago. In 2009 our Roman - now the Head of the AI institute, was awarded with "The Best in CSR" title for his strategy of modern labour market development in SDG5 prism. It was over 5 years before the UN introduced SDGs. This way we follow his approach to responsible business and we include SMEs like "STEFAN BAUSERVICE" into our work for public health good in Africa. Small and medium enterprises are usually more operative and it takes less time to make them co-operate. We realise they have also very good professionals like Stanislaw, who worked out the STAN FLOOR C16/20 standard we implement in the Floor4Africa project from now on. His small construction company based in Germany has just received "The Best CSR Practice for SDGs in Africa" certificate. How many big companies with such a proof of successful work? Not many yet, even though - as you see thanks to our activities - the market is very big.


SDG3 joy

London, 25 November 2021

It's so moving when you realise how big SDG3 job you can do in this world with 400 EUR budget only. Can you see the joy of the Aminata's family of 16? They got nothing more than a simple concrete floor. Not all of them were able to come to express their thanks to us now. People have to do their duties to live their life. What they are saying is: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. Aminata is speaking in her native Temne language. Most of us living in the West don't even know such a language exists and people speaking Temne live on the same planet as we do. Now we know more about it. First of all, Aminata appreciates that "the dust is gone" from the house. You know how dust is affecting public health rates in rural African areas, incl. COVID19. Watch the footage to the very end. It's so nice to see the SDG3 joy, also preventing from migration to informal urban settlements in Africa and from illegal immigration in general.


This is the floor!

London, 23 November 2021

Here we go! All rooms inside Aminata's family house of 16 have been covered with our concrete floor. STAN FLOOR C16/20 - the standard designed by our Stanislaw based in Germany, has been implemented by our Sierra Leone team led by Abdul - local construction professional in Northern Province. All floors have long-term durability exceeding 25 years. It means that an average cost of enormous change of living conditions for each inhabitant of that house is: 1 EUR / 1 GBP a year! Yes, ONE only. It means that we also changed significantly the SDG3 preparedness for any kind of pandemic in that particular household, including the COVID-19 one. You realise that coronavirus is much more transmittable in a dusty environment. It can reach human respiratory system much easier when attached to particles of dust. Simple possibility of washing the floor with rain water only implies the risk of transmission goes down by over 80%! Imagine what happens when a person infected with COVID-19 coughs even when alone in the room with soil floor. The virus lands on the floor and can last at least one or even two weeks over there. When a rural African house has easy-to-clean concrete floor, dust with COVID-19 can be washed out at once. The same with other germs and bacteria. It's so exciting what a scale of public health good we do achieve with this simple Floor4 Africa.


Stairs...

London, 22 November 2021

We are excited about the size of change we bring to the village we carry out the Floor4Africa project in. Truly amazing! This is what happens to your mind when you usually stay in an airconditioned office, far away from the real-world issues. Have a look at those stairs on the left and the new ones unexpectedly funded by us. Our project is strictly focused on changing the lack of concrete floors in family houses in rural Africa. You know, no concrete floor means a lot of public health problems. But lack of safe entry stairs can mean a lot of additional problems. Aminata's smart relatives mentioned about the need of new stairs to prevent constant risk of injuries relating to them, as the fastest and the most active members of the family. Due to the fact we really squeeze out the £400 budget with value-for-money implementation, our local construction team led by Abdul found enough of cement, stones and sand to create new entry stairs. No added cost but a lot of added good!


SDG1 - the key to education about poverty... [Part 2]

London, 19 November 2021

(...) Migration from rural villages to overcrowded suburban informal settlements is not a long term solution. Families fall apart. The responsibilities of feeding the youngest and supporting the mothers and elders rest on the shoulders of the eldest sons. With no equal chances for permanent employment, the young people make drastic decisions to risk their own lives and like wanderers set off into the unknown in search of better living and working conditions. And suddenly Africa feels like everything except home… Their young lives are the only hope in their own eyes. And when they travel in fear and uncertainty, the journey is always longer than expected. They feel tired of watching the road as they pass from town to town, from border to border, dreaming about a better place, their bodies drift between quietus and consciousness. They are people, they are humans, they suffer and they love just like all of us. They deserve a good existence, a helping hand... We have only two choices - do something or do nothing.


SDG1 - the key to education about poverty... [Part 1]

London, 18 November 2021

Humanitarian crisis that is arising across the globe particularly affects migrants. People who seek a better future. Recent unrest on the EU’s eastern border, clashes between refugees and border guards are making us wonder where this world is heading. Among tens uncertain of tomorrow, in whirling groups we can notice Africans. What are they doing in this part of Europe? What a dreadful journey they had to make to get to this place, everyday being exposed to danger. What pushed these young people to make such a difficult decision? The only answer is extreme poverty. In sub-Saharan Africa, 41% of the population is living at less than £1.25 a day. Many of them live on the edge of existence. In the annual report on human development published by the United Nations (UN), the African countries of Malawi, Liberia, Burundi, Eritrea, Chad, Sierra Leone and Niger are constantly in last place. Lack of education, health care and an unstable economy make the lives of nearly 500 million people impossible to manage. (...)


Power (up) Africa

London, 17 November 2021

The Sun sets around 6:30pm in Sierra Leone. Abdul's team obviously never at work so late. We promised to meet ILO's R205 recommendation with carrying out the Floor4Africa. However, our local professionals are so excited about doing such an important project with us that they stayed a while longer one rainy day. What a lesson for us? First of all, you can't rely on electricity in many many African villages at all. It's even no blackout issue. People just have no access to the electricity. Yes, in 21st century so many of us are still deprived of electrical appliencies at home. Solar panels are not available to all. Poverty is a real-world fact in Africa. We change only what we can in SDG3 prism of the public health. We are really sorry that we can't do anything about access to a fridge or washing machine. But one day, who knows... First things first!


E2C2 = Easy to Create and Easy to Clean

London, 15 November 2021

Today a few words about the floor standard we created for the Floor4Africa project. Can you imagine what first came to our minds, when we started to think how important is such a facility to improve SDG3 issues in rural Africa family houses? We wanted it to be easily cleanable; like you can clean the floor at least with a bucket of rain water. This way we've got this "STAN FLOOR C16/20" standard our local teams implement in rural Africa family houses right now. It lets people clean floor just with rain water (if nothing else available). It is also very long-lasting, with durability over 25 years. Isn't it nice we bring such a big change to comfort of life for generations? And it costs less than £25/person, because we rely on products you can buy in local area. Cement, sand, stones, everything comes only from local SMEs.


ABDUL IN ACTION

London, 14 November 2021

We are real-world researchers devoted to SDGs. 2030 is coming so soon but our world is still full of inequalities and exclusions. Therefore, the Floor4Africa project - in our opinion - has to have very universal dimension. We focus not only on SDG3 but we also really engage all local resources in action. People always can benefit from what we do in their neighbourhood. So, let us introduce the leading specialist in our construction works in our Mabanta village - Abdul, who is professional in building not only concrete floors in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. You can find details about him on our "Recommendation" page. Let us know, if you'd like to meet him. It's very important to us to boost labour market in rural areas of Africa now, after COVID pandemic. We know how to let indigenous people restore employment history in EIIP of our SDG8 approach.


REAL-WORLD CHALLENGE

London, 11 November 2021

Our works started in a family house of 16, in rural area of Northern Province in Sierra Leone. The head of the family is Aminata, 60. The SDG3 challenge is to improve the quality of life of entire family for at least 25 years, and it can't cost more than £25/person. It means the budget for almost 100 sqm house is £400, incl. the cost of work. Our Stanislaw, who is construction professional, says he'd build less than 10 sqm concrete floor with such a limited amount of money in the EU. In fact it's a German SME "STEFAN BAUSERVICE" that funded this crucial project chapter. So, in Sierra Leone we really can do 10 times more of good. And we are going to achieve it! When materials have been purchased and they brought them to the village, Ms. Aminata said on behalf of all the family: "I still think it is a mere dream!". You should also see children coming to watch what's happening over there. We'll share their opinions soon!


MEET OUR TEAM LEADERS

London, 9 November 2021

Hello to everyone! Let's say something about our team leaders managing the chapter of Floor4Africa project we in Sierra Leone. Roman is university director and head of the AI institute. Stanislaw is professional in construction industry. Sheka is our best at intercultural communication. Grazyna deals with public health issues in academic prism. Lidia is a very good university lecturer. Anna also delivers good lectures and she even builds school in Kenya. Teresa leads Africa Studies Unit. Daria creates future of our world as SDGs activist. All of us have academic bacground. We understand Africa well enough to realise that not much is required to change a lot, in fact. Stay with us, this project is so unique!