PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haïti, Feb. 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Three years after the
earthquake that devastated Haiti, Development and Peace is today
inaugurating the first 50 houses of its 400-house construction project
in Ti-Boucan (in the municipality of Gressier) in the presence of
Haitian and Canadian officials, religious authorities and the media. At
this time, 50 families will receive the keys and legal titles to their
new houses. The project uses innovative technology and is based on the
full participation of the local population.
Located 20 km from Port-au-Prince, the commune of Gressier was at the
epicentre of the earthquake. Development and Peace is working in
partnership with the Institut de technologie et d'animation communautaire (ITECA) — a Haitian organization that has been operating in Gressier
for the past 25 years — on a construction project to build 400 houses
to relocate families who lost everything. "Housing is a crucial issue in Haiti. The inauguration of this project is
a message of hope to the most vulnerable populations still living in
tents or makeshift shelters three years after the earthquake," declared Michael Casey, Executive Director of Development and Peace.
The houses, which are built to conform to standards allowing them to
withstand earthquakes and hurricane-force winds, have been constructed
by importing the Habitech International Building System technology to Haiti; this system was developed by the Faculty of Civil
Engineering at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT). Widely used in
Asia and Africa, this is the first time that the technology has been
used in Haiti. With great simplicity, it enables the rapid construction
of houses that are resistant, durable and low-cost. This technology
uses unique bricks that fit into one another (interlocking blocks) and
promotes the use of local materials, including earth, sand, stone
powder, steel and wood.
A plant was set up in Ti-Boucan (about 2.7 km from the national highway)
and employs people from the surrounding community. A total of 600
direct jobs have been created with the recruitment of skilled workers
on the various construction sites and craftsmen responsible for
manufacturing the doors, windows, roofs, and preparing the frames and
formwork necessary for house construction. With 50 sites running almost
permanently, this project has also generated about a hundred indirect
jobs, most of which are street vendors and restaurant owners who serve
the factory and the various worksites.
This project is jointly funded by Development and Peace and the Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA). The total project budget is
approximately $6.5 million.
Development and Peace is the official international development organization of the Canadian
Catholic Church and the Canadian member of Caritas Internationalis.
Development and Peace is financed by fundraising in parishes,
individual donations and government grants. The organization has
developed expertise in emergency situations.
Following the earthquake in Haiti, Development and Peace raised $20
million from the Canadian public. The organization also received an
additional amount of approximately $7 million from CIDA. To date, some
$20 million has been committed towards projects.
Development and Peace's reconstruction program in Haiti is focused
chiefly on issues involving food sovereignty and food security, human
rights and, the building of houses and social and community
SOURCE: DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
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