These wheelchairs were made with 85% recycled waste. 3% of the inhabitants of Rwanda suffer physical disability that prevents them from walking. By Jean Makaryos 
An old bicycle or a plastic chair bar can be recycled in many ways, but perhaps one of the most original and solidarity is that of turning it into a wheelchair for users of the Third World, as with the initiative “Kigali Chair Project “Roma and Josep Clara Mora. 

This project began in 2012 in his studio in Barcelona, where they both work as industrial designers, when they met a colleague from Rwanda who explained the situation of this African republic-and their need wheelers chairs and put them in touch with local orthopedic center reference works in Kigali, the capital, and in the rehabilitation center Gatagara. 

Around 3% of the population of this country-more than 220,000 people-suffer some kind of physical disability that prevents him from walking due to illness, accident or amputation of the 1994 genocide, according to the government. 

The World Bank estimated at 618 euros the average annual salary of a Rwandan, while the price of a chair “basic” wheels do not usually drop below 100 euros, so that these instruments are not always accessible to the population. 

The aim of the “Kigali Chair Project”, as explained Romany and Mora Efe was “building wheelchairs at an affordable cost, using indigenous material and recycling, and above all, teach Rwandans themselves to make them” develop its creativity in an easy and manual process. 

Teach build and repair wheelchairs 

Romany recalled that Rwanda receives “many donated by various NGOs chairs” but if you break down, often remain unused because there are people with enough knowledge to repair them. 

For this reason, both designers decided to face the challenge of teaching Rwandans to build and repair their own combining reused with other “locally available” materials and for this trip and stay without help from any public or private organization financed chairs. 

During this time, they made eight different chairs with the help of a group of Rwandans to queofrecían theoretical and practical classes in a workshop that “before we left, we gave an instruction manual for each chair that had made the people involved “so that in the future they could continue building them. 

Educators, orthopedics, nurses, patients in need of a wheelchair and their family members “worked together, willingly and community , focused on the good of all and regardless of the social hierarchy , ” recalls the designer. 

Recycled waste 

Thanks to this idea found a second life objects like old bicycle wheels, wooden parts of all kinds, fragments of wheelchairs and useless and even common in bars and “there is there everywhere” broken plastic seats. 

Romany estimated 85% of the elements used were recycled waste, while the remainder came from the timber sector, “a pretty strong industry in Rwanda, thanks to which we get different pieces.” 

The promoters of this company contacted the University of Architecture in Rwanda for their collaboration in project continuity but, not get financial aid, “it was impossible to continue pushing it back.” 

Subsequently, the idea won the Catalonia Prize Ecodiseño 2015 in category C Strategy for “their awareness towards eco – design” reusing common elements readily available, as well as “the great social value” and its possible application in other countries in development . 

Therefore, designers do not rule out the possibility of resuming activity in Rwanda or “wherever needed”, provided that the investment required to hold is achieved. 

Meanwhile, continue dumps in other works of an environmental nature, the most recent of which is a process of recycling of plastics to make ecological lamps.

 

 

KIGALI : Bicycles and Barstools to Build Wheelchairs in Rwanda

By Jean Makaryos

These wheelchairs were made with 85% recycled waste. 3% of the inhabitants of the Republic of Rwanda suffer some kind of physical disability that prevents them from walking.

An old bicycle or a plastic chair bar can be recycled in many ways, but perhaps one of the most original and solidarity is that of turning it into a wheelchair for users of the Third World, as with the initiative “Kigali Chair Project “Roma and Josep Clara Mora.

This project began in 2012 in his studio in Barcelona, where they both work as industrial designers, when they met a colleague from Rwanda who explained the situation of this African republic-and their need wheelers chairs and put them in touch with local orthopedic center reference works in Kigali, the capital, and in the rehabilitation center Gatagara.

Around 3% of the population of this country-more than 220,000 people-suffer some kind of physical disability that prevents him from walking due to illness, accident or amputation of the 1994 genocide, according to the government.

The World Bank estimated at 618 euros the average annual salary of a Rwandan, while the price of a chair “basic” wheels do not usually drop below 100 euros, so that these instruments are not always accessible to the population.

The aim of the “Kigali Chair Project”, as explained Romany and Mora Efe was “building wheelchairs at an affordable cost, using indigenous material and recycling, and above all, teach Rwandans themselves to make them” develop its creativity in an easy and manual process.

Teach build and repair wheelchairs
Romany recalled that Rwanda receives “many donated by various NGOs chairs” but if you break down, often remain unused because there are people with enough knowledge to repair them.

For this reason, both designers decided to face the challenge of teaching Rwandans to build and repair their own combining reused with other “locally available” materials and for this trip and stay without help from any public or private organization financed chairs.

During this time, they made eight different chairs with the help of a group of Rwandans to queofrecían theoretical and practical classes in a workshop that “before we left, we gave an instruction manual for each chair that had made the people involved “so that in the future they could continue building them.

Educators, orthopedics, nurses, patients in need of a wheelchair and their family members “worked together, willingly and community , focused on the good of all and regardless of the social hierarchy , ” recalls the designer.

Recycled waste
Thanks to this idea found a second life objects like old bicycle wheels, wooden parts of all kinds, fragments of wheelchairs and useless and even common in bars and “there is there everywhere” broken plastic seats.

Romany estimated 85% of the elements used were recycled waste, while the remainder came from the timber sector, “a pretty strong industry in Rwanda, thanks to which we get different pieces.”

The promoters of this company contacted the University of Architecture in Rwanda for their collaboration in project continuity but, not get financial aid, “it was impossible to continue pushing it back.”

Subsequently, the idea won the Catalonia Prize Ecodiseño 2015 in category C Strategy for “their awareness towards eco – design” reusing common elements readily available, as well as “the great social value” and its possible application in other countries in development .

Therefore, designers do not rule out the possibility of resuming activity in Rwanda or “wherever needed”, provided that the investment required to hold is achieved.

Meanwhile, continue dumps in other works of an environmental nature, the most recent of which is a process of recycling of plastics to make ecological lamps.