Haiti's getting help in the form of geodesic domes. California-based World Shelters is sending two of its U-Domes to Haiti, along with two large fabric-covered domes from Oregon-based company Pacific Domes. That's 3,500 square feet of shelter. The domes will be used as facilities for medical procedures and patient recovery, which will take some of the pressure off the SDA Hospital in Port au Prince. Donors to World Shelters and also the generosity of Pacific Domes have allowed the geodesic structures to make the trip over to Haiti. World Shelters will travel Jason Hervin, Haiti Program Manager, and Project Engineer Armand Mulin to the site to supervise the construction of the shelters. Mulin was project supervisor on the World Shelter's and Turning Point Foundation's River Haven U-Dome project last fall.
“World Shelters projects build relationships with local communities,” Haiti Program Manager Jason Hervin said. “We provide not just shelters, but also opportunities for local Haitians to earn income while rebuilding their communities.” Hervin and Mulin say they'll be using local labor in order to facilitate economic recovery in Haiti. They'll also be assessing the shelter needs of many agencies that have contacted World Shelters for assistance.