Earthship Biotecture Disaster Relief earthship.com/disaster-relief
All housing becomes permanent regardless. People live in it until it falls apart even if it was meant to be temporary.
The Haiti Earthship Project is a permanent, sustainable structure that takes care of the people (clean water, sanitary sewage treatment) and requires very few skills which are easy to acquire. The local people can replicate these buildings and systems.
We do not want people to become dependant on products that we make or any country makes. We want people to be empowered by the ability to create sustenance for themselves, and in doing so, create employment, jobs and a mini-economy. An entire method that is independent of corporations, largely independent of oil and independent of politics.
Its Putting Housing Back into the Hands of the People.
We are bringing the people some technology and demonstrating it. We are bringing a method of living that has taken us over 40 years to develop. We have a few communities using it. We are doing buildings all over the world using this method. We are taking this method of living to Haiti to demonstrate and evolve it toward and with the Haitian people on the level at which Haiti needs it, not taking "developed" world housing and trying to make it work in Haiti.
The key here is that we are
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Haiti Eco Living Project - H.E.L.P.
After we finish up our prototype demonstration Earthship at the Grassroots compound in late January, 2011, we are taking what we learned from that and what we have absorbed from our time spent with the Haitian people and attempting to move forward with project H.E.L.P. - Haiti Eco Living Project. Groups of Earthships the Haitian people can build themselves that are absolutely sustainable. These Earthships are built using materials found in and around Port-Au-Prince.
Each Earthship for Haiti houses 32 people in eight groups of four people each with eight flush toilets. This provides quick and strong housing with sanitary and healthy systems. Food production and food preparation are designed in with solar ovens. A small solar powered electrical unit powers cell phones, laptops, lights, etc.
These Earthships that house 32 people can be grouped together in many different configurations to provide housing for 256 people in a 240 foot diameter. Group more Earthships and we can house 2,048 people and group even more to house 18,432 people. All sustainable, all within the principles of Earthship Biotecture.
2010 Haiti Earthship Project
Thanks to everyone who helped provide information, connections, advice and donations for the Earthship Biotecture recon visit to Haiti. As it turned out it was much more than a recon visit... we built a building with the help of 40 Haitians from the tent camps - ages 4 to 50.
- We fed them lunch each day for four days and they helped and learned how to build this earthquake resistant and hurricane resistant building made from garbage all sourced within a mile from the build site.
- We went back to add systems to this building, again with their help.
- We managed to get into the heart of the Haitian people who are living in the tent camps.
- We found out what they need and we found out that we can help them provide it for themselves.
- We raised only $7,000 for this trip and it was all used for travel expenses, local accommodations, food, shots, feeding the Haitian build crew and buying materials.
- There were no wages or pay of any kind for the Earthship team - they went for free.
The Ubuntu Blox concept was invented by Harvey Lacey of Texas, USA. The project was taken up by Haiti Communitere in October 2011 as a means for community outreach, and is currently being run by Tim Overton and Roxanne Duigou, two dedicated volunteers from Canada. The Ubuntu Block project is serving a dual purpose – to clean up the streets and build up the city.
The Ubuntu team are implementing street clean-ups and rubbish collection points to take Styrofoam food containers and film plastic out of the canals and drains around Port-au-Prince to repurpose as building materials. The materials are packed into rice bags and compressed into uniformly sized building blocks using a manual compression machine. The lightweight, flexible nature of the blocks makes them far more earthquake resistant than typical brick or concrete structures. A model Ubuntu home was recently tested for seismic resistance, and passed a simulated 8.2 earthquake with minimal damage.
A month-long community training session began on March 5 at the Resource Center with a group of 24 women from Cite Soleil, teaching the entire Ubuntu process including collection strategies, cleaning methods, using the machine and building structures. Cite Soleil experiences a disproportionate amount of backlash from trash filled canals, since the food containers from more affluent communities collect there on their way out to the ocean, which is why this community has been chosen to pilot the Ubuntu training. Each daily session is aimed at building awareness of the technology, ‘training the trainers’ to take the knowledge and skills back to their community, and empowering women to make a difference for their country. Throughout the training, the Ubuntu team hopes to gain Haitian feedback and perspective on the concept and process.
Haiti Communitere is pleased to announce its first Sustainability Social on Saturday March 31st. We are asking all of our partners to join us in presenting the amazing projects that make this place what it is. Earthship Biotecture will be showcased as well as Earthship projects around the world: Africa, Guatemala, China, India, Canada, etc...
When we first heard about the earthquake in Haiti, we donated some money to help out. We didn’t really think much more about it after the entire buzz was gone. But then, a year after the earthquake I saw some pictures of the situation down there and thought to myself, ‘They still need some help. And so I want to help them.’ I told some friends about my idea, and they liked it too.
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