The project provides Haitian certification-training programs on natural earth building and Permaculture design. By bringing the experts to the people of Haiti, our courses in Permaculture Design and Superadobe aid the locals in building capacity for themselves. We chose this model in order to prevent dependency on hand-outs and to empower the people of Haiti with a chance to create a sustainable environment for themselves.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
For over 2 years since the catastrophic Haiti earthquake on January 12th 2011, there has been little focus on sustainable and capacity building practices for this country of truly capable people. Hand-outs of food, temporary shelter and bare essentials have caused an influx of people flooding to the city of Port-au-Prince to live in tent cities to depend on this unsustainable system. The problem is that there is little education on how to effectively rebuild their lives and sustainably thrive.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Love & Haiti project will be offering programs on vocational & capacity building paradigms such as alternative sustainable building, Permaculture design and community organization. We focus on bringing the experts to the people- to work with the people and train them through certification programs that will enhance their every-day life while teaching them skills to make them a value to their community.
Potential Long Term Impact
Our first successful milestone was a complete Permaculture Design Certification course with world-renown instructors to over 30 students and the building of a Superadobe home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this past May 2011. We will continue our mission by coordinating a Superadobe Earthbag building course through Cal-Earth Institute to train local residents in May 2012. We will then employ these trained builders for a 12-unit safehouse Superadobe that will house 60 women and orphans.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.