There are three immediate needs in Haiti: sustenance, health, and shelter. We can help with one of them.
Following the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010 that struck just outside of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, the Seattle design community came together to see how we as a group could assist in the disaster relief efforts. In early February the AIA Seattle Diversity Roundtable, the AIA Seattle Disaster Preparedness Committee and Architects Without Borders-Seattle, held a meeting of engineers and architects to launch an effort supporting long-term earthquake recovery in Haiti, focusing specifically on how we as designers can help.
Teams of architects and engineers are working with a well-established NGO in Haiti called All Hands Volunteers, which is serving as a liaison between the government of Haiti and the volunteers. The volunteers in Haiti are working to assess the buildings left standing, with a strong emphasis on providing professional resources to building owners/residents. These safety assessments are the first step to getting fearful residents out of tents and temporary housing and back in their homes.
As a design community we are gathering funds to support Seattle based Architects and Engineers who are able to travel to Haiti to help. These members of the design community will work with Hands on Disaster Response, assisting with building assessment and other design based needs.
Donations accepted on this page will be held till the end of June when they will be handed over as a larger collection. Please donate today and join other members of the design community to bring shelter back to the displaced people of Haiti.
*Architects Without Borders is acting as a conduit for the funds going to Haiti. 100% of the Funds donated on this page will go directly to helping this cause.