Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Some of you may notice that on the right hand side of this blog there is now a "buy now" button.
If you click on it, you can give money to this project now. It will not be tax deductible as we are still operating independently of any fiscal sponsor. We are working towards having a 501c3 umbrella, but it is taking time. While the rains are falling in Haiti, we are without a shelter building shelters. How ironic. :}

My goal is to get this done as quickly as possible because the rains have started in Haiti. In the interest of expediency, I am forgoing the normal approach to forming a non profit. We dont have time for that, this project is moving very quickly, it is designed as a short project in response to an immediate need for shelters in Haiti.

In the meantime, if you want to donate, please feel confident that the money you send will go directly to materials for domes. My goal is to be as transparent as possible here on this blog.

From now on you will see a daily tally of incoming and outgoing funds posted.

I was handed 300 bucks tonight by a very well dressed and attractive man who wishes to

remain anonymous.

I spent this much on drill bits the other day.

Domes for Haiti presently has $383.96

We need $2,340 to buy 350 ten ft sticks of 1" EMT conduit pipe. If you want to buy the whole shebang, hell, email me and we can go over to the electrical supply place in Bushwick together and buy it all at once. I am sure they'd give us a better deal if we bought that much at a time, especially if it was in cash.

I was talking with a friend tonight and he raised a very good question about the dome design. Because there is no platform for the domes to sit on, they will have dirt floors. I was thinking that people could dig a deep trench around the perimeter of the dome to divert the rain from going under the dome and making a muddy mess inside, but if there is too much flooding, it could become a mess. Ideally, we would want to construct a platform on stilts, but that would add a huge amount to our budget. There is a great modular design that I used years ago on my own dome that I used to live in. It was composed of 10 pie pieces that were bolted together underneath. I had mine up on stilts and it was great, like a tree house. In the interest of cutting costs and transportation issues, I am not going to be building platforms for these domes. Once we get to Haiti, we could conceivably hire Haitian people to build platforms if we had enough funding. In lieu of that, though, I was thinking that I could just make the floor part of the cover so that there was a seal between the floor and the walls. Another option would be to add extra vinyl siding that could serve as a sort of a skirt which could lay down over a trench on the outside. Or the domes could be built up on concrete rubble smashed into bits with a sledgehammer..... Any ideas out there? Why are you all so quiet... Just silent observers with no input? Maybe the people who receive the domes can just figure it out themselves. I am sure there is alot of ingenuity bouncing around down there. Necessity is the mother of invention they say.

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