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update on houses built #12733
11/03/01 01:29 PM
11/03/01 01:29 PM
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oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
Hi everybody,

Here is the latest update from Punta Gorda on the progress of the
housing project:

MATERIALS ON HAND (approximate)
Lumber for at least 20 houses
Roofing for 50 houses
200 bags of cement (4 bags per house)

16 in Blue Creek
3 in Big Falls
40 in San Marcos
1 in Santa Cruz (due to fire on Thursday)
In varying stages of completion:
10 in San Marcos

Surveys done:
Crique Jute
Medina Bank

i hope to have 40+ pics of when i was down there with peter and frank up on the web in next couple daze...

i think we'll hit that 200 houses $80,000 number we were shooting, thanks expecially to the red cross matching our funds....

building in san marcos, big falls, medina bank, blue creek, and mafredi so far...

[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 11-03-2001).]

Re: update on houses built #12734
11/03/01 01:31 PM
11/03/01 01:31 PM
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NYgal Offline
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Absolutely wonderful job ! It's so rewarding and they need us, as well as we need them !
Thanks for the update, Marty.

Re: update on houses built #12735
11/03/01 02:26 PM
11/03/01 02:26 PM
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Altadena CA
Christopher Offline
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Thanks SO much Marty for making the trip and ensuring the efficient spending of that money! It's fantastic....
YOU DA MAN....MON.....

chris considine
Re: update on houses built #12736
11/11/01 09:54 PM
11/11/01 09:54 PM
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Marty: I was wondering why there has been no relief building news about Placencia? I have Belizian friends there who lost a home in the village and a business on one of the cayes, and I'm not sure how to help them. How can I reach the Stann Creek Land office in Dangriga. Can you give me any advice? Thanks for any info and help.

Re: update on houses built #12737
11/12/01 11:25 AM
11/12/01 11:25 AM
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Guy Texas, USA
Richard Chambers Offline
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Thanks for the info Marty.

Re: update on houses built #12738
11/12/01 03:40 PM
11/12/01 03:40 PM
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gayle Offline
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marty, i too am wondering why there has been no relief for placencia from the donations to this board.
i was under the impression when i donated that placencia was included.
i just returned from placencia and it is far from on the mend.

Re: update on houses built #12739
11/12/01 07:48 PM
11/12/01 07:48 PM
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I thought I posted a message this morning but it seems to have disappeared. You can reach the Dangriga land office by calling 011-501-5-22220.
Also Mary Toy at Kevin Modera website is posting updates on Placencia and what is going on.
Big problem is that BTL is giving no time for when they will have telephone service restored and naturally they are dependent on BEL getting their lines run first.
Afraid it is just going to be a long process.

Re: update on houses built #12740
11/15/01 03:52 PM
11/15/01 03:52 PM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
The structures we are building are not recommended for along the beach.

we are building inland a bit in the villages. it was by far the most roofs per dollar we could build.

Re: update on houses built #12741
11/16/01 01:03 PM
11/16/01 01:03 PM
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gayle Offline
gayle  Offline
i would of liked the specific information that the donations to this board would not reach placencia. it seemed since they were hit the hardest the funds would be used to re-build SOMETHING in placencia. my donation would have been made directly to those in the village had i known.

Re: update on houses built #12742
11/16/01 03:39 PM
11/16/01 03:39 PM
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Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP
we did not know what the best way to spend the money would be when we began to collect it. Also, the money we spend in the villages gets matched by the red cross, and I do not believe that monies contributed to general relief in Placencia would have been doubled.

anyone who would like a refund let me know, I have a lil left in the bank i have not sent down yet i can refund from.

here's our latest report:
Medina Bank;
Four men from Barton Creek are working on this project. Progress has been
hindered by lack of aggregate. That seems to have been remedied now. They
have 12 forms (2 sets) and have been able to pour them two times a day on
sunny days, making posts for 4 houses in one day. They should finish in
about 6 days. 45 bags of cement were left there on the first trip and 100
bags should be coming today. The lumber is supposed to be sawed this
weekend by Tommy Gomez.

Crique Jute:
Again this project has been hampered by lack of aggregate. A load arrived
last evening and another is supposed to arrive this morning. There are four
sets of house posts completed, and more being poured today. A change of
volunteer help has also detained the work here. Probably the largest
hindering factor is the terrain. It's one thing to pour 6 cement posts on
level easily accessible land, it's another matter to carry cement,
aggregate, steel, forms and water over hills and try to set up on a slope
that's 20 inches off level in 12 feet. The villagers have done real good in
carrying materials, but it is taxing work and takes a lot of extra time.
Trusses and beams are ready and being transported to Crique Jute today.
Materials are on hand to make more trusses when the shop is cleared out.
Our main sawmill was broke down for a week so we ordered a semi load of
materials for 50 houses from Shipyard. It is supposed to arrive November
20. They will deliver for $1.04/ft. Freight and half the lumber will be
paid upon delivery and the balance in two weeks.

Several houses have been built in other areas where there are special needs.
One in Santa Elena, where a house burned down and the family lost all their
possessions. We were able to erect a building by the next day. One for a
old widow woman in Golden Stream and plans for a sick man in the same area
tomorrow. He has a family of 10 children sheltering under a leaking tarp.
A little more about this unfolding scenario. We had added a fifth
classification to our categorizing system. This is called "self-improved".
Red Cross asked us to provide houses for these self-improved people. In
order to move refugees out of the schools the government hauled in cahune
leaves from less affected areas. These were portioned out to 150 leaves per
family Normally leaves are tied by 8 every 4 inches using approximately 500
leaves per house. With the 150 allotment they tied 5 leaves every 10
inches. This stop-gap measure appeared good at first. However now since
the leaves have dried out, you can see the sky through the roof. Of course
the rain comes in too as our investigator found out yesterday in a cloud
burst in Aguacate. Several men this morning from Queso Creek, told me they
spent the night sitting up to try to stay dry. Now there is a dearth of
leaves in the surrounding areas too. They also need leaves for their own
villages. So this measure is now effectively removed cahune leaves as an
option for roofing. It takes about 1 year to grow back cahune leaves.
Something else we are looking at is the danger of fire. The bush in this
whole area has been leveled and is now drying. In the event of a hard dry
season there could be some serious fires. Cahune houses are very
susceptible to fire. So it appears that we have a lot of tin roofs to

Investigations are completed in San Miguel and Aguacate. Santa Cruz will be
completed today and Tambran tomorrow. We are planning to do Silver Creek
the beginning of next week. I will try to send a tabulated result of the
classification for these villages this weekend.

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