Yesterday I received an email from Emergency Architects Australia. The EAA fund is an alternative to the Architects for Humanity fundraising tomorrow at the many Pecha Kucha nights. The EA relief effort differs from the AfH effort by having people working on the ground in Haiti now, evaluating damaged buildings. The AfH fundraising is being directed to ready to go projects. Here are some excerpts from EAA’s mail, with minor edits.
“Louise Cox from UIA has asked for urgent help – the Director of the Haitian National Archives has asked Emergency Architects and other NGO’s for architects to assess destroyed heritage buildings, conservators to assist them with cultural heritage and for archival quality storage equipment for storage to preserve the few paper remnants and historical records that have been damaged and need immediate attention. Louise will also send out the ICOMOS and UNESCO requests for assistance next week…
The Australian Institute of Architects is supporting EAA’s Haitian fundraising appeal and the UIA directs their donors to EA for Haiti.
Our EA Haitian team (made up of EA Canada and EA France) is working collaboratively with the Haitian Architects/engineers group and also with Jamaican architects (all Creole/French speakers). For this reason the US Army has asked our EA team there to work for them doing building assessments because they haven’t enough military engineers to do this work… There is an urgent need for funds for this stage.”
Posted by Peter on 20.02.10 in groups
tags: disaster relief