Gyaw Gyaw means slowly in Karen language and reflects our philosophy of a steady and sustainable development, in an environmental, social and economic way.

Sustainability:
‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’.

World Commission on Environment and Development’s 1987 Brundtland report ´Our Common Future`

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

 

Our design is landscape and climate adjusted. The buildings are placed according to the landscape, sun and dominant wind and rain direction and designed for natural airflow and light inside, without allowing for direct sunlight and rain to enter.

All materials are local and used with a holistic environmental approach. The majority is natural materials like adobe, bamboo and timber, but roof and sometimes concrete for post shoes/slabs are consciously bought from the nearest town to increase functionality, extend longevity and ease maintenance for the villagers.

Wind diagram Gaw La Heh school. Design Line Ramstad.

Our design is landscape and climate adjusted. The buildings are placed according to the landscape, sun and dominant wind and rain direction and designed for natural airflow and light inside, without allowing for direct sunlight and rain to enter.

Photo: Vincenzo Floramo, Jonathan González, Line Ramstad

All materials are local and used with a holistic environmental approach. The majority is natural materials like adobe, bamboo and timber, but roof and sometimes concrete for post shoes/slabs are consciously bought from the nearest town to increase functionality, extend longevity and ease maintenance for the villagers.

SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY

Gyaw Gyaw is working for equal human rights, using our own organization as an example of a small social democracy.

We are well organized with a clear leadership, but with shared responsibilities and equal pay for all, the structure is rather flat, and we aim for everyone’s voice to be heard in a culture where this is unusual.

This is also applied to our projects. We respect local structures and are careful not to do any harm but involve a majority of stakeholders in every community and build long-term collaborations across established lines.

Our design is based on traditional building habits and local use. A long-term commitment to a confined area and close collaboration with future users, also allows us to revitalize local traditions, and demonstrate improved functionality within the local context.

Local acceptance and mutual respect give us a voice and opportunity to lift issues of importance, like health, further education, equal rights and lately also emphasize on the growing plastic challenge that is urgent to limit. We lately do not start any new projects in a village before plastic waste is handled in a short- and long-term perspective.

We are naturally not publishing pictures of people, children, grown ups or elderly, in vulnerable situations, and also do not take volunteers or support volunteerism.

GYAW GYAW SUPPORT THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS