Concrete homes may end sleepless nights in the tent cities
A new government and a renewed focus on providing housing for those who live in tents is the vision for Haiti’s reconstruction plans. Patrick Rouzier, the presidential adviser spearheading the housing initiative said: “We may not have solutions for everything, but we are doing concrete projects to implement that vision…”
Some will need to relocate in order to avoid land ownership issues, and some will be moving into rental housing. To most, having a solid structure to call home is a thousand times better than a deteriorating tent.
There has been an effort to present various home designs through programs like the BBBC EXPO. These building presentations have provided opportunities for the Haitian government to see what home styles might be appropriate for their plans. There have been some very unique building systems put forward to solve the housing issues in Haiti.
We find it interesting that when the government of Haiti announces their plans that they share a story of the concrete home that replaced a tent for Alexandra Simin. Then when Mr. Rouzier mentions concrete projects, we must assume that cement-based building is going to be a major part of the plan.
Building communities using some form of concrete construction seems to be the centerpiece of the Martelly 16/6 plan. The $98 million project is hoped to become the blueprint for reconstructing the country.
The new housing plan is a step in the right direction and it is hoped that the blueprint includes improving the quality of the construction processes. If not, the broken concrete supply chain will waste a large portion of the $98 million. We witness the poor quality sand and the shovels mixing on the ground and we realize that many improvements are needed in order to build a sustainable housing solution.
The Martelly government should focus some efforts to provide materials that will withstand the next disaster. Trusting good concrete will allow Alexandra Simin’s family and millions of Haitians the opportunity to sleep comfortably without worry of a crushing death.
Does the government of Haiti need help with their concrete projects so that they can implement their vision?