COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
WHY WE CHOSE TIBURON, HAITI
Most of the Haitian families are living in deplorable conditions due to extreme poverty and destruction from natural disasters. After Hurricane Matthew in October 2016, many families in communities lost what little they had and were left with minimal shelter to protect them from the elements. More than two years later, families are still struggling to survive from day to day.
Particularly in the Sud Department of Haiti, communities are isolated, lack access to resources to rebuild, and are unable to prepare a sustainable solution for protection in natural disasters.
Many communities in the rural areas in the Sud Department lack power and paved roads. Year-round access is limited due to flooding. The area is extremely vulnerable to hurricanes and tropical storms, which has lowered the productivity in farming and economic development. With the lack of economic development, there are limited employment opportunities.
Overture Outreach International has been provided access to land from the Community Leaders of Tiburon for community development. In partnership with Domes for the World, we plan to construct a community that includes:
(18) 20’ dome housing structures
(1) 32’ dome community center for church, school, and community events
(1) 32’ dome disaster relief depot
(2) dome sanitation structures
All labor will be performed by Haitian workforce, trained on the job in the simple building process. The local production team for this project will provide over 40 jobs and provide several opportunities for business start-ups.
Dome Structures are the proposed solution for the new Tiburon Community, and are perfect solution for structures in the equatorial and coastal regions. The compound curvature of the dome structure makes it one of the strongest structures available. A dome can be built with few materials and can be completed in as little as four weeks. The raw material resources needed to build dome structures are also typically found in the local areas of Haiti. Dome structures are also virtually disaster proof.
A dome's shape and composition provide resistance to high winds up and exceeding category 5 hurricanes. Likewise, the shape and construction provide a malleable building, ensuring that seismic events do not damage the structures. Dome structures are environmentally friendly. They use 50% less concrete and reinforcing materials than traditional homes, making them cost efficient. Their concrete construction is clean – no potential for insect infestation and they offer the highest durability to long term weathering.
Phase I: Disaster Relief Depot, (8) housing dome structures
Phase II: Community Center, (5) housing dome structures, (1) sanitation structure
Phase III: (5) housing dome structures, (1) sanitation structure, landscaping
Encouraging families in need:
The Community Leaders will select the first 8 families for Phase I of the new community. The first 8 families with the Community Leaders will collectively select additional families for the remaining Phases of the community project. Family members will be requested to participate in the development stages based on their capabilities.
Expanding job opportunities by using local workforce:
All labor will be performed by Haitian workforce, trained on the job in the simple building process. Basic hand tools and equipment are locally obtainable and currently used in the fashion that the workforce will easily adapt to the Dome construction.
Empowering local economy with in-country purchasing:
Sand, Cement, and reinforcing steel are the major components of the Dome structures, all of which are available locally from a variety of small vendors to ensure that as many individuals who can legitimately contribute through their trade are given the chance to do so.