Development of a self-sufficient school and permaculture training facility in La Gonave Haiti.
This project is focused on aid, relief work, and development for the community in Anse-a-Galet Haiti. The organization we are working with is called Association des Amies de l'ile de La Gonave, or AAE Haiti http://www.aaehaiti.org/ Following the earthquake there was a tremendous need for aid and relief work in Haiti it was out of that need that John Calvert developed the Permaculture Relief Website http://www.permaculturerelief.org/ which is currently doing amazing things and connecting many individuals and organizations helping with efforts there. It was through this website that I got involved with this organization.
So far we have traveled to Haiti to do soil and water development to promote food and water security primarily focused on composting, intensive garden techniques, rainwater catchment, construction of a ferro-cement tank and some natural building. In the next phase of our project we plan on building a school with bamboo timber frame construction and doing a certification course for bamboo timber frame construction and silviculture. During the course of this project we are hoping for the participation of people, both international and local who are interested in learning the skills and can help us with the completion of this project.
We have three pieces of property now on the island of La Gonave, two that we own and one that we rent in the most developed town on the island, Anse-a-Galet. Building this school will help us with the next phase of our projects were we hope to do more development and regenerative design including a PDC which we hope will have a great impact on the local community, many NGOs that are working there, and for the country of Haiti as a whole.
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