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Kunming Refuge for Mothers and Children

Part 1 Project 2015
Sam Eadington
University of Huddersfield Huddersfield UK
This project focuses on the social, economical and educational issues faced by single mothers and their children in China. The project is located in the city of Kunming, a medium sized city in China’s South Western Yunnan province. The city boasts a comfortable climate all year round, earning the city the nickname of ‘The Spring City’.
The Refuge for Mothers and Children responds to the urgent needs of single parent families which have emerged as a result of Chinese government policy. Mothers who give birth to children without a father to sign the birth certificate are forced to pay crippling fines. This financial punishment is further compounded by the social stigma attached to single parenthood, often leaving mothers and children without friends, family, employment and education. In many cases mothers are forced to find unsafe accommodation and their children are forced into work at young age as they are refused registration at state schools.
This project provides mothers and children with residential accommodation, educational facilities, medical and social support, and, employment. It aims to set a precedent for such projects, providing a flexible, economical and repeatable design solution.

Sam Eadington

Mr Jon Bush

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