Sukup safety director Brett Nelson give a brief overview of the Sukup SafeT Home which was developed as a form of alternative housing following the devastating earthquakes in Haiti.” – Sukup SafeT Home
Construction photos below from the Global Compassion Network
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.