Shipment to Haiti to Rebuild Orphanage
In the Works
April 2011 promises to be an exciting, hope-filled month for donors to Domes For The World. Andrew South, president of DFTW, said that that’s when a significant shipment will be leaving for Haiti.
It will include 2 Airforms, 14 water filters, 2 inflator fans, basalt roving for concrete reinforcement, Silshield for coating and various hardware.
Native crews, supervised by Andrew South and Derek South, will use the Airforms and other construction items to build 2 EcoShells, each with a diameter of 32 feet, and 7 EcoShells, each with a diameter of 20 feet, for an orphanage destroyed by the earthquake of January 2010.
This is just the start. Andrew said, “Derek and I will be going to Haiti in April to do the project layout.”
Soon after the earthquake, Andrew visited Haiti. He said, “I needed to understand what was happening, what materials were available and to brainstorm potential moves forward.”
At PWOJE ESPWA, the Creole name for Orphanage Project Hope, Andrew met Father Marc Boisvert, who in 1998 started caring for street boys in a small rented house. That orphanage grew and became the largest in the country.
Andrew said, "Through MODDHA (an international humanitarian effort helping orphans and widows), we met Father Marc, who had already been working on their project conceptually. We made the connection to pre-launch the development after I came back.
“Initially, the development we were supporting with MODDHA and Espwa was a full, master-planned addition to the orphanage pending MODDHA’s full funding. Now DFTW is launching from generous donations because we can’t wait for full funding. DFTW wants to help now.”
A Thank You and an Apology
DFTW is extremely grateful to its generous supporters who are making this project possible, to Monolithic for the donation of the Airforms and materials, and to those who donated the water filters: Jetty Arbeler, Dan Calkins, David Fry, Amy Gifaldi, Theodore Hamilton, Alan Hofmeister, Arthur McCann, Nancy McKnabb, Mike Marcoe, Marilyn Pratt, Tom Rabe, Ken Rutherford, Karl Michale Suchutt.
We apologize for the delay in shipping the water filters. Arrangements for a military shipment – or other economically reasonable method – simply could not be worked out, so the filters were held until they could be combined with a larger shipment.