In 2010, a devastating earthquake hit Haiti leaving 3 million people without homes. Nearly a decade later, new technology has provided the county safer alternatives than the current homes.
I spoke to members of GoServ Global who decided to get together to try and save lives with their new “Safe T Homes.”
After seeing the devastation Haiti has faced with multiple hurricanes and earthquakes leaving behind significant damage, members of GoServ Global decided to step in.
“We are a non profit called GoServ Global, and we started out after the earthquake in Haiti. We started using this home in 2012 in Haiti to replace the homes lost in the earthquake,” said Dennis Anderson, domestic director.
Each home started as a grain bin, but major modifications make it a fully functioning home.
“It has a heat shield on it so this structure won’t accumulate heat like a normal steel structure. It has doors and windows and is 256 square feet. It has balance boxes on it to help anchor it down. At this point there are over 300 of these in Haiti,” Anderson said.
The homes have also withstood mother nature.
“They took a direct hit from the hurricane. So, 200 of those homes had 145 mile per hour winds go over them. They all stood. In fact some of the homes had over 40 people in them during the hurricane,” said Anderson.
Each home costs roughly $7,000 to build and can be constructed within a day, allowing for the expansion into other counties in need.
“Our new project is in Uganda where we are helping children out of the refugee camps who don’t have parents, and building a facility for another organization who will be raising them and caring for them,” said Anderson.
Sukup Manufacturing also partnered with GoServ Global to construct the homes.
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GoServ Global also assisted with clean up after the Washington tornado. They hauled away over a million pounds of debris over a three month period.