Widowhouse at Safe Haven Orphanage

A house for production, storage and selling of the products made by the women connected to the Widow project at Safe Haven Orphanage under the lead of Tasanee Keereepraneed. The house also contains sleeping area and a kitchen.

Background

Tasanee Keereepraneed is Big Mum in her own big family, the Safe Haven Orphanage. For years she took care of her steadily growing family by producing and selling handicrafts to tourist and shops.

Line and Tasanee met in 2008, and after a while Line became an extended member of the big family. Together with another Norwegian girl, Hedda, that was also volunteering in the area in 2008/2009, they lifted the production and contributed to the family income. 

Hedda left after just a few months, but Line kept connected to Tasanee and her big family and tried to sell scarfs and other products in Norway for years next to Gyaw Gyaw. In 2016 the project was closed down as a Norwegian branch, but Tasanee and the children still produce and sell scarfs, bags and other local Karen products for their own income and the widow house is still in use. Gyaw Gyaw still have a sponsor agreement for the orphanage.

 

Details

Built and designed by Gyaw Gyaw 2009

Team: Line Ramstad (Project manager/architect), Peter, Phillipa, Pah Me, Oo Klo, Ee Po Pah, See Pa pah, Sunday, Pah No.

10 weeks/320 000THB

Photo: Line Ramstad

Widow House for production and sales of handicrafts

A house for production, storage and selling of the products made by the women connected to the Widow project. The house also contains sleeping area and a kitchen.

The design is made to create a functional house adapted to the culture and climat it is build and based on local materials.

The timber construction is connected to a concrete slab with iron shoes. The walls are partly sanded concrete blocks to keep the production area clean, and partly bamboo formed in different ways to let the wind in. All covered by an aluminum roof.

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