Project Winter 2012-2014: Hurricane House Rebuild #2
Here are some before photos of the second home we are working on in Cuba. This home was partially destroyed in Hurricane Sandy and is in very rough condition. On this farm lives a women and her husband as well as a man with an injured leg, who they care for. The walls of their current home are made of banana and coconut leaves. The walls are extremely unstable and this house has fallen apart in many parts more then once.
We are helping to rebuild it of solid materials so if another hurricane comes, it will withstand the strong winds a lot better. So far materials of bricks, large blocks, gravel, fine gravel and iron bars have been purchased. The home owners are sourcing out a few more required materials to mix with the gravel in order to make the foundation. This home will be rebuilt from the bottom up. First the foundation will be built from the solid blocks and gravel, then walls will be contructed with the bricks. Again, in Cuba everything takes time. The required materials are expensive in the town where this home is located, so the home owners will have to travel to a place further away to find and purchase the materials with the money we donated from the winter sales. More photos will be posted, as I recieve them. Thanks again for your support!
The foundation of the house has been laid. In the photos, you can see the men unloading the bricks and starting to build up the walls of the new home. It is starting to look like a home. In Cuba, It is very hard to source materials for building, especially when you have a limited budget. They don’t have construction stores like we have here. Most of the building supplies have been purchased and transported from miles away on horse or bull, and the process to do so is very long and tiresome.
The construction of the roof has begun! They are creating two curved sections over the bedrooms. The outdoor bathroom (outhouse) has also been re-constructed out of bricks. The owners are still temporarily living in the old house, until we can finish the new brick home. Things are coming together – it won’t be long now!
With the money sent down from fall Handmade For You Love Lu sales, heavy aluminum windows and doors have been purchased for the home. In the photos, you will see pictured the home owner with her daughter and grandson. These windows are resistant to sunlight, rain, heavy winds and should last forever. In the event that another hurricane hits near their home, the house should stand firm. The windows are waiting to be transported to the house build. It is in a small counrty village outside of the main city, so the next step is to find appropriate means to transport them. Something as simple as this, is in fact very difficult in Cuba.
Some friends of ours, and supporters of this project, from Ottawa Ontario have gone down to visit the family and the home build. They’ve sent along some great photos of the most recent progress on the build.
I have incredible news! A church near to the home build we have funded has teamed up with the family to start a farming project. They have fixed up the well on the farm, and are in the process of building gardens, a chicken hut and a pig pen. The church has partnered to fund this additional farming project. They are going to continue working with the family to establish a chicken/pig project to provide food for members of the church and neighboring families.
I am so excited to hear that from the build we started, it has continued on to something new. We have helped build the new brick home for this loving family and now they are able to have farming work and an ongoing mission to help others themselves. They have gone from having very little in a small shack of a home to having a solid house that cannot be knocked down by future hurricanes, and now a business opportunity. How amazing and what a blessing. Thanks everyone again for your support through purchasing Handmade For You Love Lu products. You all helped to make this possible! How wonderful it is to see everything come together.
The finishing touches are being put on the home. In the photos, you will see workers adding a sealant to the roof so that it won’t leak when it rains! Thanks again for your support that HELPED BUILD THIS HOME!
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