March 27, 2012
This was the second day of setting out the first 14 lots and houses in Phase 4. Four AFH staff along with Habitat engineers were on-site both days to do the measurements and staking. We will continue next week to finish marking out the first 35 houses in the northern part of the site. Phase 4 will include a total of 100 lots and houses, along with amenities.
Engineers constructing the house footprint formwork
Block 11 with lots and houses marked out
Residents who moved in in February have started to personalize their homes and lots. Gardens and natural fences have started to grow, and shops have opened up.
Presently several hundred volunteers are on site finishing the construction of 100 homes as part of the 2011 Carter Work Project . Progress has been swift with roofs and porches going on today and tomorrow. The volunteers were joined on site by President Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, as well as Garth Brooks and many more enthusiastic builders. In an unprecedented move, the Carter Work Project will return to Santo next year to continue the work. Congratulations to all involved!
progress on site during the 2011 Carter Work Project
Last week 350 Irish volunteers took part in Build It Week with the Haven Partnership . 50 homes were enthusiastically finished in 5 days. Photos of the completed homes and the teams involved are on Haven’s Facebook page .
a few members of the Haven team during Build It Week
The water points and physical infrastructure will start going in next week and the hope remains for the first residents to be able to move in by Christmas.
Following months of consultation and design review the Santo Community Development Plan is now complete. The drawings, documents and reports are currently being compiled and will be posted in the files section shortly.
The Master Plan is a series of recommendations designed to facilitate the orderly growth and development of the community. There are aspects of the plan which require further input from the future homeowners but moreover, the plan must be able to adapt over the next 12 months and be modified around the aspirations of the community. Following the construction of Phase 1 a formal review of the Master Plan is recommended to assess its performance and make improvements where identified. The information, opinions and advice of the community has directly steered the design of the plan and the formation of the program. This level of dialogue and engagement has been central to the community led design process and must continue through implementation. The involvement of homeowners in the construction of their homes will also help to reveal aspects of the design which should be modified. This must be an open and fluid process. The vision for this community as expressed through the design charrettes is to achieve a viable, appropriate, planned and sustainable community grounded in the realities of Haiti but with improved standards of housing, living, safe durable construction and local community interaction. This will be accomplished by focusing on permanent homes, ownership, functional infrastructure (water, roads, drainage, sanitation, waste, area lighting), community infrastructure (schools, recreation, worship) and economic opportunities (markets, commercial areas).
Construction has begun on the first 150 homes with a full build out of up to 500 homes, the physical infrastructure and community infrastructure will hopefully be complete by the end of 2012. At this time not all the funding for the full build out is secured, however, fundraising is ongoing and it is expected that the additional funding required can be leveraged based on the generous support of the existing funders.
It is the hope of all parties involved in this project to realize the recommendations proposed here and to see the community of Santo flourish over the coming years as part of a regional plan for the territory.
Joined by funders, partners and members of the local community the Santo Community Development Plan broke ground last Thursday, September 15, 2011.
A humble gathering under a tent in the middle of a construction site was present to celebrate an important moment in the reconstruction of Léogâne and Haiti. The Santo Community Development Plan is the largest permanent reconstruction project in the region worst affected by the 2010 earthquake. A collaboration between the Municipality of Léogâne, Habitat for Humanity, Architecture for Humanity and Haven, the project will create an urban infrastructure to support the settlement of a starter home village, schools, health facilities, recreation and community spaces as well as opportunities for commercial development.
The multi-year Santo project is being funded through the generous support from the Inter-American Development Bank-Multilateral Investment Fund; Samenwerkende Hulporganisaties (SHO)/ Cordaid – Netherlands; SAP AG; African-American Baptist Mission Collaboration—Lott Carey; Minuto de Dios; Urban Zen Foundation/New York City Housing Authority; Habitat for Humanity Great Britain (COINS and Jersey Overseas Aid Commission); Diageo Foundation; Progressive Haitian American Organization; Deerborn Charitable Trust, First Institutional Baptist Church; and Ocean Reef Foundation.
The mayor of Léogâne, Santos Alexis, and Willio Latagnac, President of the Montpelier Community Association, expressed their gratitude to all involved in bringing this project to realization.
U.S Ambassador Merten and Mark Andrews, Vice President of Haiti Recovery within Habitat for Humanity International praised the local community for their active role in the project and the design process over the last year.
A passionate speech from Marie Veronila Antoine, one of the future residents, endorsed the project and powerfully stated that “nothing can stop this project now, except for the grace of God.”
Though not personally present, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter articulated his enthusiasm and excitement about the Carter Work Project which in an unprecedented move will focus on the Santo project for two years. President Carter and a team of several hundred volunteers will work alongside residents this November to build the first 150 homes.
With 140 foundations already in the ground the ceremony had a palpable reality to it. Work on site in progressing swiftly and the first 150 homes together with the physical infrastructure should be complete by the end of November with residents moving in before Christmas.
Architecture for Humanity have been working on this project since November 2010 as planners and through a community led design process on the design of the physical and social infrastructure. A full range of focus groups, community charrettes, presentations, discussions an dialogue have governed the design of the plan and the project is being tracked publicly online via the Open Architecture Network.
This meeting was held on site in Santo at the Montpelier Community Building and attended by approximately 100 members of the local community from Santo and chaired by Willio (Montpelier Community Association). Darren Gill and Jean René Lafontant (Architecture for Humanity) presented the Framework Plan which was designed and recently completed in response to the Community Vision exercise presented by the local community. The following is a summary of the discussion/questions and solutions proposed by the community:
This session was held at the Faculte des Sciences Infirmieres de Leogane (FSIL)and attended by approximately 100 members of the local community from Santo. The session was facilitated by SODADE. Through a variety of interactive exercises, heated debate and drawing the community began to express their vision for the village of Santo. These plans will be compiled by Architecture for Humanity and a framework plan presented back to the community as a representation of their vision.
A full report and photos are now available in the Files Section. Below are some videos highlighting the activities of the Charette.
Willio, President of the Montpelier Community Association presents the views of the community with regard to environmental issues in the area:
A very proud example of the mental mapping exercise:
Debate and discussion over one of the community vision maps:
Presentation of one of the Community Vision Maps:
This session was held at the Habitat Resource Center in Leogane and attended by 27 members of the local community from Santo and chaired by Sabine Malebranche (SODADE). The following is a summary of the discussion and solutions proposed by the community:
This session was held at the Habitat Resource Center in Leogane and attended by 27 members of the local community from Santo, representatives from Mercy Corps, and chaired by Addly Celestin (SODADE). The following is a summary of the discussion and solutions proposed by the community:
Below is a short extract from the discussion about educational issues, specifically focusing on access to education and the many children in the area that cannot attend school.
This session was held at the Habitat Resource Center in Leogane and attended by 7 members of the local community from Santo, representatives from Haiti Water and the IFRC, and chaired by Rolf Louis (SODADE). The following is a summary of the discussion and solutions proposed by the community:
Roads exist but they are in very poor condition with
As a suggestion they want to have a village with all facilities.
Attended and made the following comments:
This session was held at the Habitat Resource Center in Leogane and attended by 10 members of the local community from Santo and chaired by Stéphania Robert (SODADE). The following is a summary of the discussion and solutions proposed by the community:
This session was held at the Habitat Resource Center in Leogane and attended by 9 members of the local community from Santo, a representative from CARE, and chaired by Marc Roger (SODADE). The following is a summary of the discussion and solutions proposed by the community:
VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATINS AND FACILITIES
PHYSICAL – how to build the new community of Santo:
SERVICES – to provide integrated community development:
SOCIAL / PSYCHOLOGICAL
Below is a short extract from the discussion about environment and risk, specifically focusing on roads and transport.