Haiti Communitere

When you need a place full of willing, smart and hard working people that have resources and big ideas the only REAL place to go is …. Haiti Communitere.

We have brought some of our Haitian project partners over to HC to tour the different forward-thinking housing styles (Earth Ship, Adobe, Chicken Coop, Ubuntu). We have Moringa Trees germinating and growing in upcycled Tire Planters. We have designs to start melting refuse plastic and building edible canopy shade fort houses for school children. And we do this all with the help of Haiti Communitere.

One of the most intriguing projects taking place at HC is the Harvey Lacey speared idea of Ubuntu Blox Houses for Women.  How can you simultaneously invigorate tried and true building methods to make them more accessible for locally available materials and for strength capacities specifically geared towards women? Ubuntu.  How do you clean up plastic bags from the street while providing homes for women that can be BUILT by women for women all in the developing world? Ubuntu.

Ubuntu-Blox (oo-BOON-too)is a revolutionary idea for simultaneously cleaning up the planet and creating sustainable housing. Each block is made of three metal wires and 100% recycled plastics. The machine that makes the Ubuntu-Blox is simple and requires little physical effort to create a block about one square foot in size.The block is made by compressing the plastics together and binding them similar to how one would bail hay. The process is easy and involves no burning or refinement. Almost any plastics can be used, including the plastics not currently being processed by recycling centers. These plastics, such as film and foam plastics, are ending up in landfills because they are not considered usable.

 

“Last night instead of sleeping I made concrete mixing tubs for the ladies we worked with in Haiti. Mixing concrete on the ground or in wheelbarrows works well for the way men work. But women are inclined to work smarter and the mixing tub makes making concrete easier, not as physically demanding and usually better concrete, sorry guys.” - Harvey Lacey

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