Shelter is a basic human necessity...but in Jamaica, "the quest for adequate housing has been a long-standing challenge...because the demand has always outstripped the supply." (The Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica)
That's why we've made a commitment to build sustainable, hurricane resistant homes. We've developed a "standard housing plan" that features a 2 or 3-bedroom home, engineered to withstand 150 mph winds (pictured below). These homes have been designed to cost approximately $15,000 (US) to build. This dollar amount represents approximately 1 years wages for a farmer who has successfully partnered with RAISE.
The UN says this about adequate housing: "The human right to adequate housing is more than just four walls and a roof. It is the right of every woman, man, youth and child to gain and sustain a safe and secure home and community in which to live in peace and dignity." (United Nations Human Rights)
Elements of "adequate housing" include such things as:
- Availability of services
- Location, and
- Cultural adequacy