Monday, October 24, 2011

Adobe houses - Leogane

My help was enlisted 3 weeks ago to drive to Leogane in search of the only adobe houses in Haiti. My Much Ministries friends want to build one (and hopefully many more after that) in Gonaives and we wanted to see what has already been successful. It was an adventure! We eventually found ourselves driving several miles along a river and in a river on the outskirts of Leogone until we arrived at the village of Bigone. The scenery around us was so beautiful - we stared openmouthed and wondered why anyone would leave this sort of paradise.

We found the first house close to the river, a pumpkin-like dome, built for a couple and their children. It was a small, one room structure with a little loft whose staircase took up most of the inside space. The owner showed us a little shed area off the back that serves as the bedroom because the windows have been incorrectly installed so that water runs straight into the house whenever it rains.

The second house was truly magical. It reminded me of a hobbit house from Lord of the Rings! Three adjacent domes formed the structure and it had lovely wooden carved doors and windows as well as intricate metal working for vents and lighting. Inside was cool and spacious and bright - just what you want for a house in Haiti.

We were awed.


Mama Beth said...

And who built those houses? Who is the voice of experience to guide the Much group?

Anonymous said...


I found your blog by reading blogs by Dorothy and Katie.

Can't wait to see your finished product. Thank you for showing the step by step process.

Karen in Texas