Geodesic Domes in Haiti

Haiti’s getting help in the form of geodesic domes. California-based World Shelters is sending two of its U-Domes to Haiti, along with two large fabric-covered domes from Oregon-based company Pacific Domes. That’s 3,500 square feet of shelter. The domes will be used as facilities for medical procedures and patient recovery, which will take some of the pressure off the SDA Hospital in Port au Prince.

Donors to World Shelters and also the generosity of Pacific Domes have allowed the geodesic structures to make the trip over to Haiti. World Shelters will travel Jason Hervin, Haiti Program Manager, and Project Engineer Armand Mulin to the site to supervise the construction of the shelters. Mulin was project supervisor on the World Shelter’s and Turning Point Foundation’s River Haven U-Dome project last fall.

“World Shelters projects build relationships with local communities,” Haiti Program Manager Jason Hervin said. “We provide not just shelters, but also opportunities for local Haitians to earn income while rebuilding their communities.” Hervin and Mulin say they’ll be using local labor in order to facilitate economic recovery in Haiti. They’ll also be assessing the shelter needs of many agencies that have contacted World Shelters for assistance.

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2 comments so far

  1. Bernard P. Moss on

    I am encouraged by news like this. The potential of modern dome shelters has not been realized much in the world. Perhaps in a place like Haiti where so much was destroyed this safe and economic style can be advanced.

  2. lopi on

    I started a small grassroots org to send 10 portable geodesic domes to Haiti by May 1st. We are looking for support in the form of volunteers in NYC as well as money to purchase materials and airfare to send a team of 4 people to Haiti to assemble the domes. Please read about our project at our blog here: http://domesforhaiti.blogspot.com/
    and visit our website here: http://www.domesforhaiti.org
    thanks!!


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