A House for Meeka

Mom, Meekam, Watson, dad

The Josue Family:

The Josue family originally lived in a traditional rural village on the north coast of Haiti. Their family had a small plot of inherited land for a tiny bamboo-stick & thatched-roof house; and another larger plot for gardening. The Dad was a fisherman, and Mom grew vegetables, and they also had a cow and some chickens. They had 10 children, 2 of whom died very young. During the civil war about 10 years ago, the village was torn by fighting, and the family fled to the city of Cap-Haitien, about 50 miles away, taking refuge with distant relatives. The Dad found work on large fishing vessels which sailed away for a month or more, and the Mom learned to sell cooked-food and drinks in the local market.

"Top students": Meeka & Paulna

During more peaceful periods, the older children began attending school. None were able to complete more than a few grades-- except Paulna who is now 24, was determined to be the first in the family to graduate from High School; she is now in her final year. The family lived in a small 4-room cement-block rented house until last year, when a major flood destroyed their home and much of their belongings. Now the parents and younger children are in 2 rooms in the house of relatives, but are under pressure to leave soon.

Our goal is to help them build a house of their own.

Here is a video of the flood that ruined their house.

Haiti the big flood: 11:30 min:


Mama, Meeka, Watson; Evnel, Paulna with new adopted baby.


The Plan for a family house:
Already they have a plot of land to build on, with a water well (but no electric service), and enough space for a vegetable garden and chicken-pen. Our plan is to convert 1 or 2 (8'x40') oceanic-shipping-containers into a secure, affordable home. Each container provides about 300 square-feet of shelter. We have researched various existing projects doing this, and have built a prototype ourselves in Goleta, to prove the viability of this method. 
(Below are links to videos demonstrating this concept.)

One unit would provide a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and common area. The second unit would provide 2 more bedrooms and bathroom; this would give the children their own room, plus provide income by renting-out the spare bedroom.


Electric power would come from rooftop solar panels, supplemented by a small gas generator. The total cost we estimate at US$5000 for 1, or $10,000 for 2 containers converted. The family will provide labor to assist the building, and should be able to repay some portion of the cost over a period of 5 years.

[UPDATE: July 1, 2014: $11500 total donations. Thanks to all! I am purchasing materials, and then plan to be in Haiti in early August to begin the building. ]


The BIG picture:

Our hope is to use the success of this first project, to demonstrate the feasibility to provide housing for some of the >100,000 people still homeless 3 years after the earthquake in Haiti. We already have contacts with some charitable organizations working in this area, who have indicated interest in collaborating with us, if this demo proves viable.

Thank You! Thomas Flood

(in HAITI, Missionary House: www.crosstolight.com)

Examples on video: YouTube [search 'Container House' for many more]

Demo for house, office or clinic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5b715SWFpc 
A simple missionary housing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydrWSsMtIo
Multi-story apartment complex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH49pHfJHj8
Elegant double-wide cabin: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUMqYSOlpNg

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