Alliance Brave Earth

Design Lab

ECOA Design Lab was established in spring 2011 with thanks to the generous help of the Embassy of Finland.
This is where local artisan metal smiths and designers work on critical design challenges. The goal of the lab is to be a nexus for interdisciplinary activity to help solve in a locally appropriate and sustainable way, some of Afghanistans’ problems.
The lab offers formal working space for teams to work, interact and design new green technology.

This year a Testing Lab has been established to test prototypes manufactured in the Design Lab. This lab has been furnished with all the necessary equipment for testing different technology. Most recently the testing lab has been used to the newest Bukhari stove designs, and is set up to mimic a real installation environment.

Meet our engineers and designers

 

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Hi, I’m Amin. I am 25. I live in the Center of Bamyan. I am from Borghason village. I finished High school but could not continue my education as my father is disabled and I am now responsible for my family. My great hope is that all countries will cooperate amicably with each other and that they stop fighting. I think everybody should take responsibility for the environment and to have a good attitude, that is all.

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Hello, I am Noor Mohammad. My father’s name is Gulmohammad. I’m 28 and I live in the Center of Bamyan. If I find time I like to study English and read social books. My message to the people is that studying will give you knowledge, and this is particularly important for young people. I unfortunately couldn’t continue my education however I am enthusiastic to learn metal design work through the ECOA Design Lab.

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Salam I’m Mohammad Dawood. My father’s name is Gulmohammad. I’m 38 and live in Bamyan Center. I studied until Primary school. I spend my time creating design and thinking about how to improve my designs for environmentally sustainable and  eco-friendly equipment (cookstove, Ram pump etc…). I also like sports, especially football. Before joining the ECOA Design School I was learning tiling and brick laying, but I prefer working in green technology. This will be good for my future and Afghanistan’s future also. My message to people is to save the environment, and protect our earth. My great ambition is peace in Afghanistan.

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Hello I am Mirza Jan Son of Dostmohammad. I graduated from Center of Bamyan high school in 2002. I could not study further because my father was old and I had to take care of my family. I am married and have 3 children, both of them boys. After ECOA Design School I want to make a workshop in the bazaar and teach the people of Bamyan design skills in green energy technologies.

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Hi my name is Amir jan. Before I joined ECOA Design School I was a farmer. I owned my own land and helped my father and brothers in their fields too. I have not been to school. I live in Bamyan Center. After I have graduated from ECOA Design School I will go back to my village. My village is very mountainous and cold so I want to open a shop and make good stoves for the people, and if the people want to learn skills I will teach them those too.

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Hello I am Muhammad Sakhi. Son of Mohammad Hassan. I am from Saidabad village, Center of Bamyan. I am the oldest in my family, and am married with 8 children, 3 boys and 5 girls. Before coming to ECOA I was a driver at UNHCR. Before that organization I was jobless and worked in the fields. I also design green schools and help with the horticulture programme.