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The destruction in Chile and Haiti has been weighing on all of us here at the eHow offices. Aid is now pouring into Chile – about 1.5 million homes there have been damaged and many are still without water and electricity. And, the people of Haiti continue to need our support for their massive reconstruction effort. We recently learned about a group called Architecture for Humanity, whose goal is to assist those without shelter. Here is an excerpt from their site:

Architecture for Humanity is responding to the earthquake in Haiti, which has caused major damage with a loss of life estimated to be in the thousands. We are raising funds to support efforts in the rebuilding of affected areas. Our efforts will focus on providing professional services to support the local community organizations and NGO’s who will be working to rebuild. Work has begun creating a rebuilding center to aid in long-term reconstruction of housing and civic infrastructure. Understanding the precarious and irreplacable nature of education, the school reconstruction program seeks to get children quickly back to school in new classrooms. AfH is also overseeing the creation of a concise construction manual introducing techniques and safe practices building Haiti-specific earthquake- and hurricane-resistant structures.

I’m thrilled there is an organization that uses design and architecture to improve the lives of people in need around the world.

Over the past 10 years, Architecture for Humanity has grown into a global organization that inspires building professionals to design like they give a damn.

Learn more about their initiative in Haiti, including the specific projects, staff, and budget, by visiting their Earthquake Reconstruction in Haiti page. Also, Ben Stiller’s organization, STILLERSTRONG, is working with Architecture for Humanity to build the temporary schools near the camps for displaced survivors of the quake. Check out STILLERSTRONG and the LIVESTRONG blog response, have a laugh at their funny videos, and make a donation with a smile in your heart.

For more information on lending a helping hand:

* Architecture for Humanity

* How to Pick a Charity

Photo Credit: United Nations Development Programme

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