Grain bin homes provide relief to disaster-stricken areas
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. —
An uncommon partnership includes a nonprofit group and grain bins used for relief after hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
GoServ Global partnered with Sukup to supply grain bin homes to third-world countries and other areas in need.
"Our large projects are in Haiti where we have 250 of these homes and our next project will be in Uganda where we will be building a refugee camp with 50 more of these homes starting this fall," said Dennis Anderson from GoServ Global.
The home is 264 square feet and can be built in a day with ten people.
"It's very reasonable. We can build a house for seven thousand dollars in these countries that will last 70 years," he said.
The grain bin home has a loft, windows and a roof that keeps heat out.
"The main feature if you look at the roof there, that is a heat shield on top of a normal grain bin roof and if it wasn't for that, it would not really be able to be used as a house because that keeps the heat out of the house. This house never accumulates heat like a normal grain bin does during the day," Anderson said.
Made to withstand natural disasters, the grain bin homes built in Haiti after the earthquake also survived Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
"The people we build them for are very excited and very receptive because they're either having a home replaced that they lost or they may of never had a decent home to live in," he said.
GoServ Global is always looking for donations to help fund their projects in disaster stricken areas.
The non-profit will be heading to Texas in October to bring relief to those in need after Hurricane Harvey.