Rebuilding Haiti Together Sustainably.

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May 13th, 2011

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Featured in the Fine Print

February 19th, 2011

Read the article here and be sure to pick up a paper copy around Gainesville.

BOH makes Sweet 16 for Cade Prize!

February 19th, 2011

Barrels of Hope is one step closer to winning the Cade Prize of $50,000!! It was announced on February 15th that we were selected to the Sweet 16 round, out of 92 applicants. We couldn’t have made it this far without all of our amazing supporters and volunteers.

Please visit the Cade Museum website here to learn more about the grant, the other Sweet 16 finalists and the Cade Museum.

Pike Nursery donates 200 rain barrels!

January 28th, 2011

On Wednesday, January 25th, Barrels of Hope received a shipment of donated rain barrels from Pike Nursery in Atlanta. As the semi-truck backed into the parking lot of INDIGOGreen Store and opened the trailer doors we were greeted by an amazing surprise – 200 rain barrels, each retailing between $100 and $200, ready to be filled with earth-bag building supplies and shipped down to Haiti. We even received several 500 Gallon barrels that will be a perfect fit for a school or hospital!

We are so thankful to Cliff Cork and everyone at Pike Nursery for such a generous gift to our cause. Please visit their website or visit one of their many locations in Atlanta.

See more pictures here!

Partnership: Engineers Without Borders

January 26th, 2011

Since our founding last March, Barrels of Hope has created a partnership with the University of Florida chapter of Engineers Without Borders to verify our construction method against hurricane and earthquake resistance testing on our earthbag structures. While more testing is planned, to date this building method has survived 2×4’ cannon shots at 30, 50 and 80mph. The team is preparing to test a full earth-bag wall at hurricane-strength pressures, equivalent to winds up to 130 mph.

By qualifying our design with strict Florida Building Code which is based on the International Building Code, the design gains validity as a viable, low-cost, low-tech building option, ensuring the safety of Haitians and future disaster victims utilizing this method, driving donations and international funding opportunities, and further legitimizing Barrels of Hope as a leader in post-disaster sustainable shelter distribution and water collection.