Library Zanzibar


C-re-aid is currently collaborating with a school in Nungwi, Zanzibar. We are in the process of realising a much needed library facility, which will serve over 2,200 primary and secondary aged students – predominantly girls.

This project has a dual purpose:


Zanzibar has a problem with pollution. Away from the luxury tourist resorts, an average of 96,000 tonnes of rubbish are dumped into the environment every year. Beaches are piled high with washed up plastic. Something must be done. C-re-aid has developed a sustainable building solution – The ECOBRICK. This affordable and ecological method will be used for the construction of the library. Through workshops and involvement in the design and building process, we hope to inspire the local community to use responsible architecture as a means of making a positive and long lasting change to their environment. 


The library will be an invaluable resource for the students of Nungwi School. C-re-aid is particularly targeting female pupils. Due to prevailing gender imbalances, girls are statistically less likely to complete secondary level. This has direct correlations to reduced literacy rates, teen pregnancy, larger overall family size and economic insecurity. Chores, childcare and frequent overcrowding make it difficult to complete individual study at home. The library will offer these students a calm and focused space; supporting them to reach their full potential.


School library in Nungwi Village, Zanzibar

Nungwi, Zanzibar

recycled plastic & eco-bricks

2 years

On going

Nungwi seondary school


Mathias Cornille, Chris Camilleri, Eva Cabezuelo Helena Sileghem.