FAQ: Bamboo Renewal : Designing a modern bamboo home in Haiti
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Who is Konbit Shelter?

Konbit Shelter was founded by artists Caledonia Curry and Ben Wolf in collaboration with KT Tierney, Tod Seelie, Olivia Katz, Frederic King, Dana Vincent, Fritz Pierre Louis, and Thaddeus Powlowski. Over the past 6 years we have worked with many incredible builders, educators, architects, engineers, and artists. In 2014 we worked with Bryan Welch of Guilds, an education design group, to help launch the Klub Obzevatwa after- school program. This year’s core team includes architect and builder Joana Torres, bamboo engineer Veronica Correa Giraldo, artist Caledonia Curry, filmmaker Frederic King, the Heliotrope Foundation, and our partners in Haiti, The Mango Grower’s Association. Last updated: Tue, Nov 15 2016 12:12 am EST

Why is this house so expensive to build?

We are creating more than just a house. We are creating economic opportunity for an entire community. During the build we will hire between 15-20 local people to work and train as builders. Our work also funds 5 teachers and their teaching supplies year round, as well as a dozen artists and craftspeople who have created rewards for this campaign. We also have an architect, an engineer, and organizational expenses to run the project, as well as travel, food and supplies for our American team. Swoon has dedicated one of her print releases to this project to assure that the sale of her art cover’s the U.S. based team, allowing all of the money generated by the sales of the crafts to return directly to Haiti. Last updated: Tue, Nov 15 2016 12:13 am EST

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