Grand Goave, Haiti — Since 2010, when a 7.0 earthquake killed, injured, or otherwise affected some 3 million Haitian citizens, Conscience International, one of the first responders to the disaster, has been returning to the field, rebuilding starter homes and helping to regenerate lives devastated by the catastrophe of nature. To date, 170 houses for 170 families have been constructed. Many more are needed.
But what makes these houses distinctive from all others being built is the material from which they are fabricated and the unique engineering system that has gained the attention of architects, engineers, and TV reporters. Houses are erected from the rubble of tragedy--the earthquake itself-- the debris of destruction becoming the resource of restoration. But there is more-- the technology (patent pending) behind the framing is making these houses seismic-resistant.
Headed by Conscience International Project Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Jeremy Holloman, the humanitarian project does even more by providing jobs to locals hired to do the construction and to others who oversee the legal paperwork and daily operation at our resident office in Grand Goave. The rubble is free, but other construction materials needed to complete the work is purchased in-country, thus helping to boost the local economy.
More than $1.5 million has been invested in the building project so far, but funding to continue helping desperate families who are still living in tents is needed. Emergency starter homes have provided shelter and safety for many, but sanitation for homes is key. Conscience International is now looking to add value and improve life situations by building more homes that will include toilet facilities and additional space for larger families.