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Dry Toliets Solution to Waste Problem in Haiti

Haiti has a human waste problem. In many rural households people go into open fields to relieve themselves and deposit solid waste. In some areas individuals resort to using plastic bags to contain feces, which they toss into water channels. This creates a condition in which waterborne pathogens become diseases like cholera.

An underdeveloped nation, Haiti lacks an adequate sanitation system, which flush toilets require. To address the problem of the dangerous practice of filling plastic bags with human elimination, and then contaminating the water system with it, two Stanford University graduate students have discovered a solution. Kory Russel and Sebastien Tilmans have created dry toilets to process liquid and solid waste, depositing them separately into airtight containers. To remove odors and ward off insect infestations they designed covers composed of ground peanut shells and sugarcane strands, which work as a barrier. Once containerized, the waste is picked up by a service, transporting it to a processing plant for conversion to compost and sold to farmers.

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How the housing problem in Haiti can be solved

Housing in Haiti was already a problem even before the 2010 earthquake. After it, the level of poverty, and consequently the lack of sufficient, decent housing, was worsened. While the sub-standard buildings that had been erected before, without adherence to building codes and earthquake and hurricane resistance, were not the ideal, it can be debated that they were still better than the current broken-down structures and tarpaulin tents that many Haitians now call home. Their inadequacy becomes clear every time it rains.

New ideas in home building are coming out of the woodwork in a worldwide attempt to help eradicate homelessness in poorer countries and the world at large. Of the brilliant new ideas is the possibility of houses made from plastic bottles, shipping containers, and mixed materials such as clay, sand and straw.

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New opportunity for Haitians to Access funding

Something you might want to know about, Tips

Here is something that might be of value to people interested in accessing funding for a Haiti project. The businesses can have access to loans from various financial institutions in Haiti, thanks to a USD 26-million housing finance under the name "REBATI Fund".

My job is to bring these information to you. However, if you are interested, you need to make the proper connections to learn more about it.

According to information received, three major organizations got together to offer this opportunity: The Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

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Haiti's Gingerbread Houses to become a Cultural Heritage District

Gingerbread Home, Jeremie

Haiti, known for its French colonial houses, has been harboring an unusual architectural treasure, Gingerbread houses. A fusion of styles, derived from homes built in the American South and modified for climate conditions in Haiti, they have resisted hurricanes and tremblers. In 2010, Haiti's earthquake turned buildings in Port-au-Prince into masses of rubble. But a 125-year old Gingerbread house in the capital survived the quake virtually unharmed. Spearheading a project to restore Gingerbread houses, and make them into retail establishments, is the partnership of the French Institute in Haiti and the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation (FOKAL).

The Bois-Verna neighborhood in Port-au-Prince holds 200 Gingerbread houses. They are called such due to ornate latticework, winding around the circumference of the structures' features. Gingerbread houses can endure Haiti's torrid weather. Tall ceilings and turrets direct stagnant hot air upwards, and windows surrounding the house produce a cooling breeze.

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Village Lumane Casimir in Morne-a-Cabris

Village Lumane Casimir in Morne-à-Cabris

On May 16, 2013, the Head of the State of Haiti, President Michael Martelly went ahead with a symbolic deliverance of keys to 8 out of 120 beneficiary families. The event was the part of 1st phase of rental housing construction in Morne-à-Cabris. The project aims towards building 3,000 rental houses in Morne-à-Cabris. Started in December 2011, this social project is a part of Martelly-Lamothe administration interventions targeted towards assisting Haiti's most vulnerable social group. The project kicked off under the guidance of UCLBP or Unit for Housing Construction and Public Buildings.

President Martelly said that though the project will not really address the housing problems in the whole of Haiti, it is an example of a greater vision of developing the housing sector in whole country. He said that it is very important to build an inclusive and stable fraternal community and that he is with the beneficiaries towards this great mission. Martelly named this new community as Village Lumane Casimir in memory of the famous Haitian singer Lumane Casimir who moved to Port-au-Prince in search of a better life. Lumane Casimir was named as Princess Nightingale but despite her talents, she died in poverty because of tuberculosis. Martelly said that this happened because she did not receive any support from the state and that it will never happen under his administration.

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Haiti to build Qatar City, with housing, vocational school

The government of Qatar seeks to honor the pledge it made to a devastated Haiti in the wake of the earthquake tragedy of January 12, 2010. Then $20 million was promised to help fund Haiti's reconstruction, and today, $5 million of that sum is intended for the creation of Qatar City.

Planned to be an income generating micro-economy for earthquake victims, Qatar City will feature a commercial area and vocational school around which 148 homes will be built as permanent places of residence.

The project, a joint effort between the Qatar Haiti Fund (QHF) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was recently given the green light and sees USAID meeting QHF's donation, which is designated for the construction of the school, houses and commercial area, with a $4 million dollar contribution that will fund the management services and site operation of the construction. The 35 square meter houses will have two rooms and will be built to the current standards for earthquake and hurricane resistance.

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Cap-Haitien Architecture

Streets Of Cap-Haitian

The former Capital of the colony of Saint-Domingue, Cap-Haitian was called Cap-Francais and consequently, has kept the beautiful French architecture of the time.

Cap-Haitien is the highlights of Haitian History besides the cultural values of its architecture. Its well preserved French colonial architecture was so beautiful and modern during the French colonization that it was surname "The Paris of the west"

Christophe rebuilt the re-named Cap Haitian, which became his capital, to some of its former glory. His most impressive achievements were his castle, the Palais Sans Souci, which is said to have rivaled Versailles in its day, and the behemoth Citadelle.

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Jimmy Carter returns to Haiti to build houses

Haiti has welcomed former United States President Jimmy Carter as he returned to the country to help build houses for people who lost their homes during the 2010 earthquake. Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, were implementing a rehabilitation program with Habitat for Humanity. Some 600 volunteers were also helping to build 100 houses in the town of Leogan, which was the epicenter of the quake that killed thousands of people and destroyed homes, buildings and infrastructure.

During his visit, the 88-year-old former president also called on donors to fulfill their billion-dollar pledges to Haiti. It can be recalled that countries and institutions vowed to donate some $4.46 billion to Haiti. However, the United Nations said that only about half of the money has been released so far. The delays were attributed to problems that some donor countries are facing. Donors are also reportedly waiting for the new Haiti government to adjust and settle as President Michel Martelly assumed presidency only last year. Carter said that everyone should support the government in helping revive the country.

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Tips for Leaving Pets Home Alone

A lot of people have jobs these days and have to leave their pets at home for which a few tips for leaving pets home alone can be followed. While the pet knows that you are not at home, you can run errands and complete important work and return.

Most of the pets including dogs, cats, birds, etc act as if they were aloof and independent but interaction of humans is what they thrive on the most. A few things could be done if you are planning to keep the pet home alone. The pet gets a secure feeling if the radio is left on and will not get depressed or bored. Always keep a bowl of fresh water for the pet to drink and get refreshed. Food too could be left in a bowl for the pet.

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How to protect your property while you are away

There are several reasons that may require you spend time away from your home. You can be away for business matters, home renovations or holiday. For whatever reason, it is important to ensure that your property is secure while you are away. Here are some tips to help you have some peace while you are far from home.

Ensure that you discourage trespassing in your area. You can put up noticeable 'No Trespassing' signs. Having a guard on duty will also help a big deal. You can also set up Beware and/or the Fierce Dog signs.

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