Resource Magazine May/June 2013 : Page 5

Those families are learning agricultural and entrepreneurial of Hope” now has 49 Safe T Homes, arranged in seven circles of seven homes each. Each circle has a gazebo at the center skills, but they will move out when they find employment and adequate housing elsewhere. Then other families will move as a gathering place. There are two wells, a water tower, and in. Prospective residents are screened by Global Compassion bathroom facilities with showers. The Village of Hope also Network. “A larger Safe T Home has now been built and is has gardens, so residents can grow their own food. being used as a clinic, and another as a church,” said Nelson. During each day of that February build, at least 100 local Nelson, Nick Sukup, and other crew members from Sukup people gathered at the construction site, hoping to land a job Manufacturing have returned to Haiti to help put up more building the homes, Nelson said. “If you put your wrench Safe T Homes. Each time, they are greeted by scores of eager down, it was gone. But not because they were stealing it. workers of all ages, all wanting to do their part to strengthen They wanted to work.” Nelson and others from Sukup their community. Manufacturing—including Nick Sukup and employees Luke There are now more than 70 Safe T Homes in Haiti, and Erickson and Joe Germain—divided the local people into Global Compassion Network is in the process of acquiring teams to work on sidewalls, roofing, and ballast boxes, and another piece of property for a second village. The acquisi-each team built two houses per day. The last of the first eleven tion process takes a long time, Nelson said, because of the homes was put up almost entirely by Haitians. The Safe T complex property laws and record-Homes not only provided many keeping systems in Haiti. Haitians with a roof over their heads, There is also interest in Safe T they also provided security, pride, and Homes in other parts of the world. A independence, and the local people group of individuals from Uganda were excited to be part of that. who are involved with Iowa State A key to the Safe T Home as tran-University’s Center for Sustainable sitional housing is the ease with Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) recently which it can be built. An experienced visited Sukup Manufacturing Co. in team of four can put one up in just a Sheffield, Iowa. Henry Kizito few hours using minimal tools. Even a Musoke, who was the head of novice crew can have one up and Volunteer Efforts for Development ready in a day. The homes are a great Concerns (VEDCO) at the time of value compared to other temporary the visit, was enthusiastic about the shelters, and they are much more Home, sweet Haiti home, soon in Uganda as well. possibility of using Safe T Homes in comfortable than one would imagine, African countries such as Uganda. Nelson said. Charles Sukup’s daughter Elizabeth has been to Uganda sev-The standard Safe T Home is 5.5 m (18 ft) in diameter, eral times through her work with the CSRL, and she’s also with 2.4 m (8 ft) sidewalls and a peak of 4.1 m (13.5 ft). With 2 2 excited about the possibility of using Safe T Homes there. 23.6 m (254 ft ) of floor space, each home can sleep ten or “The fact that the doors and windows lock is wonderful and more people. The home is made entirely of galvanized steel, would be a blessing to women and children in Uganda and so it’s impervious to termites and moisture. It features a dou-other countries,” said Elizabeth. Charles noted, “It’s interest-ble-layer roof system that displaces heat, vented eaves, two ing that the shape of the Safe T Homes is very similar to the windows that can be locked from inside, and a water collec-traditional huts we’ve seen in Uganda. The fact that the Safe tion system. The Safe T Home can also withstand high winds, T Homes are steel is quite a change, but the shape is like the is virtually earthquake proof, and has a life expectancy of round huts with conical, thatched roofs that the local people 75 years. When Hurricane Isaac hit Haiti in 2012, it passed are already familiar with.” directly over the Village of Hope. All of the Safe T Homes Sukup Manufacturing Co. is celebrating its 50th anniver-weathered the storm perfectly. sary in 2013. As part of the celebration, the company is put-“It’s extremely gratifying to be part of this effort and for ting together a “50 Homes for Humanity” campaign that will our employees to use their expertise in a way that serves a involve raising funds to provide Safe T Homes to more com-higher purpose,” says Steve Sukup, company vice-president. munities in undeveloped nations like Haiti and Uganda. For “We believe in this product and the good that it can do for the more information on the project, visit: Village of Hope and for people anywhere who need safe and Buildings/144/Safe-T-Home. affordable shelter.” The mission continues, hope builds Some of the Safe T Homes built in Haiti are still being used as temporary shelters for the original move-in families. N i c o l e P o o c k , Advertising Director, Sukup Manufacturing Co., Sheffield, Iowa, USA; RESOURCE May/June 2013 5

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