We plan to build an off-grid, self-sustained, home for a family living on the Six Nations Reserve.
The family is in desperate need of a healthier and more cost effective shelter, as they have been living in a condemned trailer for years. The trailer has several holes where you can see straight through to the outside, a rodent infestation, mold, old brass pipes that get clogged constantly, next to no insulation, and a leaking roof. They owner does not think it will make it through the winter. She supports her daughter, who is a single mother, and 4 grandchildren, aged 3, 7, 10 and 14. She is their only family.
During the building process, we will host a free Sustainable Building Workshop for First Nations peoples interested in construction skill development. Our hope is to provide local members of the community with the skills needed to replicate the building, and an opportunity to develop a local sustainable building crew.
Through fundraising and public outreach, it is our hope that we will generate enough interest and financial support during this project, that we may continue to build and teach on other reserves throughout Canada.
- to prove that sustainable and affordable methods of housing exist.
- to prove that with organization and skill development, communities can provide this housing for themselves with locally sourced labour and materials, through hands-on education and training.
- to engage a community in an environmentally conscious project, to enhance community knowledge and understanding of sustainability concepts.
- to provide a family with economic independence from fluctuating energy and water costs.
- to offer a positive, and practical solution to a country wide housing and environmental crisis.
The home will be built using architect, Michael Reynolds', Earthship Biotecture design and principles.
We will be building using the "2 Room Simple Survival" architectural plan.
The Earthship Home features:
- Thermal & Solar Heating and Cooling
- Solar & Wind Electricity
- Contained Sewage Treatment
- Building with Natural & Recycled Materials
- Water Harvesting
- Food Production
We will fund raise for this building with an online campaign, and through a variety of other fundraising techniques from September 2013 until the Spring of 2014, when the building process is scheduled to commence.
We are also seeking grants and other funding sources.
Our fundraising goal for each home is $80,000.
For examples of other recent successful online campaigns: