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Finally home

Family villageAt the end of 2016, Chief Nana Kodua Kese II sees the first Spoorloos episode. This touches him so much that he spontaneously offers me a piece of land in his village Oyoko. He wants Oyoko to be a place that feels like home for me. Lucy is with me at that moment and we are very moved by this gesture. At home, finally... that's how it feels for Lucy, too.

It reminded me of a drawing that Paakow (Jefferson) once made. He calls it the Family Village where there is room for all his family members. I'll never forget his big smile when I tell him we got land.

Stef is also in Ghana at that time and we buy a part of the land so we can create a nice place. In January 2017, the morning before we fly back to the Netherlands, Homeland Oyoko is a fact.

Homeland Oyoko is the land on which a "guesthouse with ecological added value" and a residence for students is being built. The students who wil live here, will go to a Senior High School and vocational training in Oyoko or Koforidua. Their studies will be paid with the proceeds of the guesthouse.

Homeland Oyoko is 3600 m2. The plan includes 8 guest rooms, rooms for 4-6 students, a restaurant, a meditation room and space for group activities. It will be completely self-sufficient. The plan includes an ecologically constructed swimming pond and makes use of rain and groundwater. The design of the buildings provides natural ventilation, and they are equipped with solar panels. The ecological planting in and around the buildings provides natural shade so that the use of air conditioning is not necessary. There is close cooperation between specialists and students from the Netherlands and Ghana. The development of Homeland Oyoko is a nice addition to any study.

The design was made by Orio Architects. We chose a fairly simple design. Not only does this ensure a design that is buildable by local people, it also anchors the building with its natural surroundings.



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