Two earthbag home projects are underway in Haiti and are being blogged about at blog.konbitshelter.org and howsitgoinginhaiti.blogspot.com. Read more about these Earthbag Projects in Haiti on the Earthbag Building Blog.
Some students from the University of Maryland will be spending a week in Haiti demonstrating how to build these sturdy earthbag shelters.
This is a prototype of a flat pack cabin being built for deployment to Haiti. The plan is to setup a factory near Port-au-Prince and donate 1,000 of these homes to Haiti.
Haiti is on a lot of peoples’ minds right now and I know I’m not alone in trying to find a way to help. I’ve got a fund raising/design idea cooking on my front burner and hope to make it a reality soon, but in the mean time I wanted to share a list of well known organizations who are already mounting large disaster relief efforts. I also spotted this article on how to avoid donation scams which is worth a quick read before donating to any unfamiliar organizations.
Here’s a short list of well known organizations:
- Architecture for Humanity
- Habitat for Humanity
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- The White House, Help for Haiti
My personal favorite humanitarian architectural design organization is Architecture for Humanity. It’s a highly respected group founded to help people in situations just like the disaster in Haiti. Below is a video from a past TED Conference that describes what they do.