Ti Lorien, Haiti
Ti Lorien, Haiti
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Commenced:
01/03/2011
Submitted:
11/03/2011
Last updated:
07/10/2015
Location:
Ti Lorien, Ouanaminthe, HT
Phone:
+509 31052449
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worldturners.org
Climate zone:
Wet/Dry Tropical





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Trees for Shade

Project: Ti Lorien, Haiti

Posted by Natasha Turner about 8 years ago

Surprisingly this seems to be a foreign concept

We are currently trying to educate and encourage those we are working with in Haiti to plant trees near their homes and near the local orphanage to provide shade. The cement buildings are their pride and joy, a status symbol. However, they are sooooo incredibly stifling that for several months of the year people have a permanent, uncomfortable heat rash. While shade trees are appreciated in community gathering places, they do not seem to be taken into consideration at all to provide a shade barrier for the local radiant heat building material of choice. We're trying to understand where they're coming from, so we do not come across with the wrong air, but it takes a concerted effort.

Below is one of our trusted brothers with his new pride and joy - a leak-free cement roof for his home (as of yet, shadeless). Though we encouraged him to consider alternatives, he was steadfast in his choice, his wife preferring the community status provided by this choice. As a backup, we are encouraging him to plant some fast-growing, food-providing trees as soon as possible, but he doesn't seem to be too concerned.

 

 

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Evelyn Bishop
Evelyn Bishop : I find it interesting that in so many countries, Panama (where I live) included, that cement block is considered a status symbol, even though they mold easily and are quite hot inside for much of the year. Modern knowledge is considered superior to old wisdom where the elders understood the benefits of building with earth based materials. Good luck with your efforts to bring some green and shade to these locations. It's good for the people and the planet.
Posted about 8 years ago

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