We are happy to announce the placement of our first intern to work with the Namibian Community Skills Development Foundation (COSDEF). Intern Michael Beare will be working with the Namibian Training Authority’s Training Management division to assist COSDEF’s current low-income housing initiative. The project’s main aim is to enable young adults from disadvantaged communities, via training, to become economically active and to simultaneously alleviate the shortage of housing in such communities through participating in the actual construction of houses (mainly in the informal sector).
This project in turning the concept of providing disadvantaged segments of the Namibian population with environmentally sustainable housing into a reality. While engaging unique modern technologies, such as energy efficient human waste recycling systems and solar panel heating and lighting systems, the project maintains a community-driven training focus and encourages local economic growth.
Beare, a native of Columbia, Maryland, graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia in 2007 with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Religion. While attending university, Michael spent two summers working as a supply and operations coordinator for the Appalachia Service Project, a small non-profit that provides sustainable home-repair for families living under the poverty level in southern Appalachia. His building experience ranges flooring, weatherization, foundation repair, roofing, plumbing, framing and electrical wiring.