Empowering Haitians with the building blocks for a hope filled future.
On Monday, January 24, TNM began new construction on a home. This home is for our good friend and faithful employee of 9 months. Rudy, his fiance, and his 4-year-old son Clevens will soon have a safe place to call home. Engaged to be married on April 2, Rudy is one of our hardest workers and he always has a smile on his face. In his 30 years, he has never once lived in his own home. It is our honor, in partnership with Converge Worldwide, to build a home for him and his family. This is the first of many homes that we plan to build for the wonderful people with whom we’ve built relationships over the past year. As we place physical building blocks at the site of Rudy’s new home, we employ thirty Haitians in construction, empowering them with the building blocks for a hope filled future.
We are humbled as we look back at the past year at all that God has accomplished. We look with faith and anticipation to this coming year for all that God is going to do in this country with a people rich in culture and perseverance.
Our construction coordinator Jacques Joseph pictured with the completed Yahve Shamma Orphanage! Thank you to Help End Local Poverty for funding the project and connecting us with Pastor Gaetan and the wonderful work that he’s doing with the kids here. A big thank you to all our volunteers that were involved!
TNM starts production of earthquake bricks
This week Thirst No More began operating the Auram Press 3000 that we shipped in from India. The hydraulic press produces interlocking bricks from dirt and earthquake rubble.
TNM’s first building will be a church that will not only serve as a place of worship for the community, but also as a gathering point for many relief projects. Furthermore, the church’s former building will be converted into a trade school to train orphans and people from the community with new skills for job placement.
TNM bricks are stronger and more cost-effective than concrete blocks
The Auram Press 3000 creates “compressed stabilized earth blocks” (CSEB). These blocks are up to 40% stronger than the traditional concrete block in Haiti. Additionally, the blocks are interlocking and can be used with rebar like traditional blocks.
TNM brick press benefits Haitian communities
There is no fire used in the production of TNM’s bricks. This contributes to the amazing reduction of pollution that CSEB technology offers. 800% less pollution is good for any community! Additionally, TNM is creating jobs for local unemployed men at each of its work sites. And, of course, the end result is quality, earthquake resistant homes for Haitian families.
Contribute to construction and strengthening communities
Thirst No More needs to buy 50 truck loads of dirt at approximately $100 each. $5,000 will allow us to drastically reduce the cost per brick from $.62 to approximately $.40 each.
We are asking you to do two things today:
1) Buy a load of dirt.
2) Go to Thirst No More’s facebook page and re-post this article to your home page. Encourage your friends to join you in buying a truck load of dirt!
Give Dirt Here! Just write “dirt” in the comment section and we will get your tuck load delivered!