Konbit Shelter began as a sustainable building project in the aftermath of the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, and has developed into a long-term relationship between two communities, based on a shared commitment to the process of recovery.
Konbit Shelter builds low-cost, sustainable, disaster-resistant homes & community spaces in Komye, Haiti.
The 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed more than 100,000 people and destroyed more than 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial buildings. Most of this destruction was caused not the by the quake itself, but by Haiti’s poor quality of construction, lax building standards and overreliance on concrete, which is extremely susceptible to earthquake damage.
Fueled by the belief that the creative process can help in this time of crisis, we brought a small group of artists, engineers, and builders connected with the village of Komye (Cormiers in French), 15 miles from the epicenter of the quake.
Since 2010, we’ve built a community center and two single-family homes, each designed and adapted with feedback from the community.
Our work has focused on creating meaningful work and well-paid jobs for local residents while collectively creating beautiful permanent architectural answers to the problem of rebuilding in a new way and with limited resources.
Your tax-deductible donation will go directly towards salaries for teachers in our after-school program, and towards construction and materials to build and maintain Konbit Shelter's buildings.
A donation of $105 can fully fund a week of teachers' salaries!