Another Haiti Update

Many people have stepped forward to help with the development project in Mirebalais, Haiti.  We are seeing a collaboration that hopefully will result in the emergence of a new community for the Haitian people.  Here’s what has happened most recently.  First, the design plans for the container homes have been completed and are being turned into construction drawings.  (See the picture below that gives you an idea of what each housing pod will look like!)

Second, the prototype for the container homes should be constructed before Easter.  The parts need to be fabricated here and then put together on site in Haiti.  But, we will first build a model here to make sure everything works.  Third, we will be working with local Haitian contractors to prepare the footings and then using teams from Granada and other churches to do the welding and fitting of the containers once they are in place.  As much as possible, we’d like the the project to be a cooperative one.  We expect those who will be moving into the new homes to put in sweat equity, that is be part of the construction at the site.

Fourth, the land has already been provided by city leaders to GCA (the ngo we are partnering with) for these homes.  This plot of land looks to be about 200 acres.  The initial site plan will call for the development of homes and infrastructure for 3,000 residents.  This will include a community square, three churches, four schools, and facilities for government.  Wells will be needed for water supply and also bathrooms for sanitation.  (At present the site has no electricity or running water!)  As you can see there is much work to be done.  It will only be a matter of weeks before the first homes are constructed on the site.

Here are those things you can pray for.  First, pray that the project will be a means of true community development.  We believe that true spiritual community is only possible through Christ and that it will provide a model for the kind of community that can transform life in Haiti. It is a relatively easy thing to build homes, but a much more difficult endeavor to bring the community of Jesus in concrete ways.  We feel this is a unique opportunity to do so.  Pray for wisdom for the planners and leaders who are sharing in the work.  Second, pray for resources.  The plan we are developing is the best plan be have seen to provide permanent housing for the Haitian people.  But, it does cost money to implement.  Ask God to give us grace in the eyes of foundations and individuals that can turn the plans into a reality.  Those with whom we have shared the plan are excited about it and want to be involved.  It will have to become a movement to be truly successful.  Third, find ways to get personally involved.  You can do so by praying, giving, planning, and going.  Keep posted for opportunities to be part of one of the teams going to Haiti this year.  We are currently working to train team members in welding and the other skills needed to complete the homes. Contact Granada’s Serve the World office and speak with Dave McCloud if you’d be willing to help.  Also, if your business or organization might be willing to contribute financially for the cost of construction, we would like to know so that we can get details to decision-makers. The estimated cost for a home for a family of six is $1,000.  We can build pods of 10 homes for $10,000.

Container Pod Home Design

Google Earth Image of Site for New Community

Google Earth Map of Site for New Community

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Sandy on August 4, 2018 at 2:18 am

    So interesting to read this many years later.

    Reply

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