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Monday, March 01, 2010

Tiny homes for Haitians

These were built for Haitian families in Fouche before the quake and survived.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010

These are only two buildings, but Mission E4 would like to build 1,000. They are small, but so are the stick and blanket shelters and tents. Unlike the stick homes, these can also withstand hurricanes.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010

One of these suffered a little damage at the door lintel.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010

It was quickly fixed. The tin roof keeps the weight down on the walls. They cost $1500 each and can be built with local technology and are culturally acceptable. Local workers can make these easily and be paid which stimulates the local economy. They only hold a bed, clothes, cooking supplies, a few other things. They have no bathrooms or running water. But they provide solid, reliable shelter for poor families.

These shelters won't suffice.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010


This won't do in a hurricane.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010


The spring rains have started in Haiti and I don't think this construction will help much either.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010


The tiny concrete block houses are indeed tiny, but if supplemented with these short term shelters, then the space is sufficient. But these flimsy shelters are all some people have now.
From Haiti trip Feb 2010


Can you imagine if these were your kids and this was your home and the rain was coming down so hard the water was running under your feet and through your roof?
From Haiti trip Feb 2010


Look at the pictures of the torrents coming down, at this blog, just this week in Les Cayes, a few miles away.

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