Grain bins supplied by Sukup Manufacturing Co. are being distributed by a global relief organization to serve as uniquely modified homes for displaced families in Haiti.
The modified grain bins, called Safe T Homes, are being distributed by Global Compassion Network, based in Iowa. So far GCN has partnered with Sukup Mfg, also based in Iowa, to provide 60 homes in the Village of Hope in Haiti for people displaced since a massive earthquake devastated the area in January 2010.
The Safe T Home has three planters on the side as part of its anchor system. It also has a double roof system to both reflect heat and catch fresh rain water for domestic use. A standard 18-foot unit can house up to 10 people in bunk beds as sleeping units. A loft system has also been designed.
The Village of Hope now houses hundreds of people and in addition to homes, includes a local school, water well, sanitation station (with some of the few showers in the region), and other benefits that have locals praising the partnership between GCN and Sukup Manufacturing Co.