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Cluster projects

Students4Sustainability is able to offer projects to students, because of partnerships they have with organizations in developing countries. These projects are called cluster projects, because they function as 'follow-ups', as they can guarantee continuity within the projects.

Together with students the projects are completely formed. Because of the students' own input, their involvement will be enlarged and the project can stand on it self for multiple years. Under supervision of S4S and a TU-employee, the project group has to operate together with the local people and the partner.

Kenya | Sustainable Rural Initiatives

In the summer of 2013, a partnership has been founded. Together with the NGO 'Sustainable Rural Initiatives' (SRI) in West-Kenya, S4S wants to be a part in sustainability among the people living there ( At this moment there are several cluster projects in collaboration with SRI that have to do with the water problems that are present in that area. The projects are set up as final bachelor projects for the faculty of Civil Engineering, with Prof. Dr. Ir. Luuk Rietveld, professor in Drinking Water and Urban Water Cycle, as concomitance.

Nicaragua | Bambu Social

Bambu Social is since 2014 a S4S clusterproject with the main goal to share knowledge and expertise about the use of local resources for sustainable and affordable social housing. Building techniques used in subtropical areas are often not adapted to the local environment any more. The materials used in El Rama, Nicaragua create a warm and humid interior climate and are produced with processes that pollute the natural environment. In El Rama, BAMBÚ SOCIAL set up a ‘Sustainable Construction’ course, together with the local university and the municipality, to create a sustainable and dignified alternative to social housing. 

Nepal | Shock Safe

Shock Safe Nepal (SSN) is since 2016 a S4S clusterproject carried out by master students of the Delft University of Technology, with the goal to help rebuilding Nepal earthquake safe. The students have background in several disciplines of the faculties of Civil Engineering and Architecture.
After the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in 2015, a major part of the population was left homeless and many buildings and houses were partly destroyed, resulting in dangerous living and serviceability situations. Two and a half year have passed, and the situation in Nepal has not changed drastically. Particularly in rural areas, many damaged and destroyed buildings have not been repaired or rebuilt. Our goal is to work together with the people from Nepal to develop affordable earthquake resistant housing.

India | Pirool Energy

Pirool Energy is a waste innovations & renewable energy start-up that uses waste biomass to produce energy products and services, while creating sustainable income for communities who have been engaging with these wastes on a regular basis. The team is now laying the foundations of its first enterprise in the Kumaon Himalayas, India. The enterprise aims to address two key issues specific to the region: Lack of income generating livelihood opportunities for remote mountain communities & annual forest fires aggravated by fallen pine needles in mono-culture pine forests that is a threat to bio-diversity and village life. The enterprise aims to create value by producing a renewable fuel: bio-charcoal briquettes using these pine needles, as a cleaner & renewable alternative to wood charcoal briquettes currently being used in tandoors (Indian bread/BBQ oven) in restaurants all over India. Above all, the revenue from the sale of the briquettes will help create income generating opportunities for remote mountain communities throughout the chain of the production process.

Tanzania | Chako

Chako is a social, creative and environmental enterprise based in the outskirts of Zanzibar town. Chako increases economic opportunity by enabling local artisans (unemployed youth and women) to make beautiful new designs out of waste that they collect from tourist resorts. While the tourism industry creates a lot of opportunities for Zanzibar and its people, it does bring more waste to the beautiful island that cannot be processed on the island. That is why recycling is so important. Chako's products offer the hospitality industry a powerful and innovative way to reduce it's footprint on the island's environment while supporting and celebrating local design. At the same time, they focus on the increasing waste issue in Zanzibar and create awareness about waste among local Zanzibaris, local tourism establishments and tourists. 

Philippines | Finch Floating Homes

What is it like to have wet feet twice a day? In the overpopulated deltas of the Philippines, people live in areas that experience daily flooding. The floods are caused by a combination of tides, heavy rainfall and land subsidence (the sinking of land), and are worsening due to climate change, population growth and the low quality of the current housing.  We believe that floating and amphibious housing has the future. Living with the water allows for natural surface runoff, while the inhabitants can live safely and comfortably above ground. Together with partners in the Philippines we are researching and building flood resilient homes.

Today new projects are set up, to built further on a sustainable en healthy future for the local people. This all happens within the perspective of engineering students, with all kind of backgrounds, such as industrial design, mechanical engineering, architecture, but also electrical engineering.

Are you interested in participating in a cluster project or do you want to have more information about it? Contact we love to hear from you!