22 Feb Ubuntu Blocks Project: The Haitian Renovation Innovation that’s Sweeping the Nation!
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Ubuntu Blocks are currently created by recycling polystyrene, which is excessively abundant in Haiti. The recycled polystyrene is cleaned and compressed, thus creating blocks analogous to cinder blocks that can be used in housing construction.
The effectiveness of this technology has been proven through the efforts of Haiti Communitaire and the women of Cite Soleil. The actual production facility for these blocks, known as the Ubuntu Block Factory Project, is nearing its final phases. The remaining steps are:
- Conduct a long term trial run and establishment of a permanent price per block
- Establish a full time self-sufficient operation
The purpose of this proposal is to fund the long term operational trial and finalize the price per Ubuntu Block. Taking the time to properly develop the pricing and assess the capability of the production facility will make this business one that will employ people in the Haitian community for years to come.
WHAT IS HAITI COMMUNITAIRE?
Haiti Communitere is a project mecca in Haiti. Having been there since 2010 after the devastating earthquake, HC serves as a compound to promote the improvement of conditions in Haiti. The Ubuntu Blocks technology was brought to Haiti Communitere (HC) who agreed to help with the implementation of this technology. The Ubuntu project was taken on by Tim & Roxanne who instructed women from Cite Soleil on how to produce these blocks and build an Ubuntu Blox house from the ground up.
Through the completion of the Ubuntu factory, it is possible to then work on developing similar projects throughout the community. It will serve as a prime example of innovation and sustainability.
CONNECTION TO OPERATION GROUNDSWELL
Operation Groundswell made its first trip to Haiti in the summer of 2012. The Grassroots Engineering program focused its efforts on the development of a production facility for Ubuntu Blocks.
The purpose of the OG Haiti Grassroots Engineering project was to:
- Design a working Ubuntu Blocks production facility
- Construct the production facility
- Make Ubuntu Blocks as a sign of victory!