Project Cité Vèt
Project Cité Vèt is the renovation & expansion of the Clermont Foundation Center for Homeless Youth in Jacmel, Haiti. The center has been in operations for the past fifteen years, providing food, shelter, healthcare, and education to homeless boys in Jacmel.
Renovation and Expansion
The center currently buys its water and has it transported onto the site. The water then has to be purified using chlorine pills which are donated by an NGO. To provide a better solution for their potable water needs, SamanHaus is providing a rainwater catchment system, a well, and a water purification system with the
capacity to handle the center’s needs after expansion. As an additional water sustainability measure, there will be a greywater reuse system. This water will be used for toilet flushing and irrigation of plants.
At the center, the electricity supply is sporadic at best. The children have electric power for about three hours per day on average. This means unreliable lights for studying, no refrigerator for cold storage, no computers or internet access. To solve this issue, we will install a photo voltaicsystem large enough to provide power to the center. We’re also integrating a robust natural ventilation system that couples thermally massive walls and buoyancy ventilation to passively cool the interior spaces.
A Vision for Growth
The board of the orphanage has decided to incrementally double capacity over the next few years. In order to realize this vision, they needed to improve their infrastructure, providing space for the incoming boys, reliable access to potable water, and a reliable electricity source. The project goal is to support the growth of the center by delivering environmentally sustainable architectural design that improves the lives of the children that will live there for years to come.