Updated 03/16/2010 08:15 PM
N.C. company manufactures homes for Haiti
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ASHEBORO, N.C. – As recovery efforts continue in Haiti, there is a new concerned for the impoverished country: the growing violence against women.
New reports claim that since the January earthquake, the number of rapes and other reports of sexual violence is on the rise. Many blame the lack of privacy for the increase in crime.
One North Carolina company hopes to change those numbers by providing a safety net for Haitian women and children. Peace Builders is manufacturing metal homes to provide for people in Haiti.
"It will be a lot different from what they are living in now. Right now you have women and children underneath tarps and in tents," said Peace Builders owner Charles Willard. "There is no security for the women."
The units are designed to be hurricane and earthquake resistant, all while providing a safe haven for the women and children in Haiti.
"They would have to work pretty hard to get through these walls," said Ed Jullian, with Triad Corrugated Metal. "That's the part we hope will function as the security for the families living inside."
He says not only will the homes protect people from people, but they will serve as a safeguard against the wrath of mother nature.
"We can build them fairly tall, we can build them fairly wide with a simple rearrangement of components, we can do quite a number of structure types and make it very flexible," said Jullian.
Peace Builders is prepared to send 30,000 housing units to Haiti over the next two months. The units would house up to 600,000 people and leaders say it will employ many more.
"We can easily train people who have minimal skills to understand and to put it together," said Jullian.
Two of the metal homes will be shipped to Haiti in the next two weeks. From that point, the company hopes to develop partnerships with the local government and nonprofit agencies to ship more homes to Haiti.