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What is it like to build a Rubble House in Haiti?

Building a Rubble House begins with a group of volunteers who want to dedicate a week to working, living, laughing, eating, sleeping, praying, and playing in Grand Goave, Haiti. A team from Oakland Baptist Church recently returned from a Rubble House construction mission in January and these are their pictures.

The Haiti Housing Network (a.k.a. Conscience International) came up with this brilliant strategy for building houses by using the destroyed concrete buildings from the 2010 earthquake. The Oakland team first crushed the concrete into fist-size pieces. Then, they used their muscles of steel to throw all the broken concrete into a dump truck to haul to the site of the new Rubble House. This new Rubble House went to a grateful couple: Motas and Madame Motas.

Next, the team constructed a wire cage in which they poured the rubble. They wore their gloves and hats for this job–as is appropriate for working with rusty wire in the Caribbean sun! After building the cage at the Haiti Housing Network site, the team hauled the cage to the site for the home.

They removed the temporary housing Motas previously lived in and laid down a solid foundation. After that, they attached the wire cages to a simple wooden frame for the walls. Then came the fun part.

This is how to pour rubble: assembly line, sunglasses to shield dust, and concentration. This is a picture of the finished walls. Not pictured is the wooden frame and tin sheets that will be their new roof. It’s a handsome structure when it all comes together. Sturdy walls, a secure roof, and a welcoming porch front: now that’s a home in Haiti.

post by: Brayden Huskey, Haiti Ministry Assistant

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