Next life: community center made from recycled plastic bottles
This colorful project located in the Cazucá neighborhood in Colombia’s capital of Bogota is an eco-friendly community center made from over 40,000 recycled PET plastic bottles.
Helmed by the Nukanti Foundation, which focuses on developing cross-cultural communication, community building, and social entrepreneurship, the project provides a space for numerous activities that facilitate empowerment of vulnerable groups like women, children and youths affected by extreme poverty, conflict and violence.
The Cazucá community is currently home to around 70,000 people and is marked by extreme poverty and poor access to public services. In order to address these issues, the Nukanti Foundation teamed up with Green Hope Colombia and the Starkey Hearing Foundation and built a community center that not only functions as a safe space for kids, troubled youths, and women, but also educates the community about sustainable building techniques.
Nestled amidst a neighborhood of informal settlements in Bogota, the center was built over the course of two years by local workers. The team is also currently installing solar panels for electricity.
The building’s colorful façade is a testimony to the ingenuity and environmental awareness that often mushrooms in struggling communities. The building is part of the social fabric strengthening project, Weaving Cazucá, which empowers children and youths to overcome various social obstacles and provides them with the opportunity to gain higher levels of education.