The Rebuild of Haiti
Ambiente Homes, a leading developer in self-sustainable and disaster resistant housing, is working in conjunction with the Haitian government and the Building Back Better Communities (BBBC) Delegation to create permanent housing for the Haitian nation in reaction to the earthquake on January 12, 2010.
In a recent trip to Haiti, Simon Parrish saw first-hand the devastation the earthquake caused. “It’s not just the earthquake which is endangering the people of Haiti, the aftermath has left a plethora of problems. The citizens are experiencing flooding, food and water shortages, unemployment, and no permanent shelter,” he says.
Our model prototype, which is located in Puerto Rico, would solve many of the current and future problems the Haitian citizens are facing. “It’s about providing shelter for these families as well as protection from future hurricanes, flooding, and future earthquakes,” Simon states.
In an effort to also bring jobs into Haiti, we will be employing Haitian citizens during the construction of our homes. A fast build (within a matter of days) ensures the Haitian families will have a safe, healthy long life home.
Fitting in with our green ethos, there are also many green add-on components that can be added to any one of our houses at any time to grow with the needs of the families. For example, our rainwater collection system provides the residents of our homes with filtered water. If another disaster should happen, the residents will already have water even without electricity and the ability to cook. That frees up funds and space for other needed aid such as food and medical relief.
By setting up Ambiente communities, we are not only providing immediate shelter as relief from the tragic earthquake, but they will also be protected from future disasters.