Kilimanjaro office



C-re-aid advocates for “housing as a basic need", and acknowledges that everybody needs a hygienic, sustainable and safe place to live.

C-re-aid wants to target the people that have limited or no access to a living space, and therefore live in deplorable shelters, which has an impact on their health and social situations.

To provide for our target group, our building materials need to be affordable and locally sourced (reducing/eliminating transportation costs). We have been exploring the possibilities of soil since the main building material as it is available everywhere.

In the past years, C-re-aid’s Kilimanjaro has been focussing on developing alternative building techniques using soil.

We have done research, tested and conducted projects with:

  • Plastic bottles filled with soil
  • Earthbags
  • Rammed earth
  • Improved mud hut technique
  • Improved burned bricks
  • Lime plaster
  • Rough stones
  • Compressed earth bricks
  • Adobe bricks

In our Kilimanjaro office, we focus on materials research, standard housing and community projects.