Making a Makerspace in Haiti

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Maker Movement is spreading the world! See how Making inspired Haiti after the devastation of the 2010 earthquake…

Originally posted on MAKE:

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Members and volunteers of Haiti Communitere in Port au Prince, Haiti.

In the middle of Port au Prince, nestled between the UN, the airport, and Cite Soleil–Haiti’s largest slum–groups of international development workers, volunteers, and Haitian community leaders are working on improving life in Haiti through the maker ethic.

Founded immediately after the 2010 earthquake, Haiti Communitere has been on the ground for the past three years, serving as a community, networking and shared-overhead space for both international NGOs and Haitian groups. Their current focus is on developing their Resource Center, a community workshop, computer lab, and conference space that also serves as Haiti’s only makerspace.

Much of the focus here is on hacking recycled materials to meet the needs of the local population. Haiti Communitere has model homes of strawbale and shipping containers, composting toilets, and extensive gardens. They have three large current projects going right now. First, Makerbot generously donated…

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