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Haiti 23rd August 2010

Posted by Lindy on August 24, 2010

An estimated 100,000 households will receive food vouchers for about $40 each every month through next March from the World Food Porgram.. Each voucher is enough to purchase 44 pounds (20 kilograms) of rice, 88 pounds (40 kilograms) of red beans and one gallon (3.8 litres) of cooking oil, said the U.S. Agency for International Development, which recently awarded the grants. This is seen as better than handouts as people can choose what to buy from participating stores.

In addition, up 140,000 will be on vcash for work programs, clearing and mending the infrastructure

Greenwood Business Reaches Out To Haiti

Gary Hays, CEO of Erecta Shelters Inc., has been showing local Haitians how to erect his steel buildings. The are amazingly cheap. Permanent and he has designed modifications to make them useful to Haiti as permanent structures.As the Haitians rebuild homes, they are also rebuilding the economy. “To have a product they can make money with is a great thing for them,” Hays said.

Hays invented his modular, pre-engineered, pre-fabricated steel building system in 1985 and spent 25 years with business partner Raymond Gross establishing Erecta Systems. He recognized that his product’s design, ease of installation and the ability to mass produce and distribute it were well suited for Haiti. The earthquake-ravaged nation would be an ideal location for his “city in a box” concept.

Hays said in designing buildings for Haiti, he developed a “tropical” design, featuring large ventilation areas at the roof, sidewall ventilation and wall lights. The six patents incorporated in the design leave the structures anchored three feet into the ground and durable enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. The buildings employ pinned connections based on a modular rhythm, that allows each support column to move independently in an earthquake, helping prevent collapse.

Hays has included in his designs for the Haitian buildings a water filtration system and an elevated rain collection system that will service bathrooms with showers and indoor flush toilets. Also planned are solar-powered LED lighting systems.

S0o sustainable, hurricane proof and earthquake resistant – what more can you ask?


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