Tomorrow, the 30th of April, Konbit Shelter and Guilds are organizing a benefit, celebration, and progress report dedicated to the children and families of Komye, Haiti at Tribeca Grand in NYC. The representatives of two organizations will share their experiences, as well as tell stories about their projects in quake-torn Haiti from 2010 until now.
A small group of US artists and builders, led by Caledonia Curry, aka Swoon (interviewed), formed Konbit Shelter back in 2010, right after the devastating earthquake that stroke Haiti. They began working with the village of Komye, located a few miles from the epicenter, helping them rebuild their homes, but also, creating jobs and teaching them useful skills in the process. Using the highly resilient SuperAdobe construction method, they created three structures, with a three-dome community center and a 20-foot ceiling as the main building.
Four years later, Komye is no longer in the immediate aftermath of structural devastation, but Konbit Shelter continues their support and help by working on a center dedicated to the children of the village. Through collaboration with Guilds, a learning center design group, in January 2014, they presented a workshop to the children of Komye with a focus on light, optics, and early photography, creating a giant camera obscura in the process.
All proceeds will go towards the creation of a community-run learning center in Komye, Haiti.
Discuss Swoon here.