Early Childhood and Community Development in Flamingo Crescent

Building Opportunities for Children Through Community Initiative

The goal of this project was to facilitate the development of a multi-stakeholder, community-driven design and construction process for a crèche and recreational area in the Flamingo Crescent informal settlement in Lansdowne, South Africa. In 2013, a Worcester Polytechnic Institute team from the Cape Town Project Center contributed to a reblocking project that reorganize dwellings to improve quality of life and create space for a crèche and recreational area to support community and early childhood development (ECD). For our project, we developed the framework for a partner support network comprised of community members, government, and non-governmental organization (NGO) partners that collaboratively designed, funded, and built a crèche in Flamingo Crescent. This was accomplished while simultaneously working with community members to develop ownership over the recreational area. To document our process, we developed a guidebook to serve as a model of incremental upgrading and reblocking for all informal settlements.


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