One Island Community Helping Another
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The devastating earthquakes in Haiti energized team GVC09-05 into action as they wanted to do something to help. Students came up with the idea of "One Island Community Helping Another" and found this project where the students could help the people of Haiti by making "one house at a time." The students researched and found the website HAITI HOUSES tiny houses that make a BIG difference.

From their research the students learned that... the people of Haiti live in extreme poverty and their housing situation is in a crisis. Natural disasters, including hurricanes, floods, droughts, and earthquakes have had serious effects on the housing situation as well. The poor live in tents or dilapidated shacks made of cardboard, plastic, tin, or whatever materials can be scavenged from the garbage. These structures barely provide protection against the elements and children frequently fall ill from the appalling conditions. A luxury for these people would be a cement house with solid walls, zinc-sheet roofs that don't leak, doors that lock, and floors that don't turn to mud every time it rains.

GVC09-05 students spent their lunchtime recess creating Haiti House pins from simple materials. Students then sold these pins at various school functions and raised over $1,050.00 to donate to The American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders. The students created and sold over 250 Haiti House pins to help those in need.

Please below to see photos of students creating the pins, the finished houses, and GVC09-05 students in the news.

Help4Haiti Photo Gallery- students designed Haiti Houses using Pixie2 then used those designs to create their Haiti House Pins.
HaitiHouse Posters- students created posters in Pixie2 to advertise the sale of the houses and to announce how much we raised for the people of Haiti.
HaitiHouses- the finished product! Students took the finished houses and attached pins. The finished HaitiHouse pins sold for $5 each.
More finished Haiti House pins- we were motivated to make LOTS of Haiti House pins to help the earthquake victims of Haiti.
GVC09-05 in the news- a local newspaper came out to cover the story of the HaitiHouses.