EVENT DATE: Jun 01, 2012
David Reed wrote -
Texas Natural Builders is committed to completing the very first home made from shipping pallets on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge South Dakota. Last year Texas Natural Builders was asked to come to Pine Ridge and show the Lakota Oyate a simple and very replicable building method utilizing materials readily available on the REZ. With your help we were able to successfully secure enough funds to get the structure built but not finished, 10 volunteers from around the world came to Pine Ridge to do their part and learn this building method. This year 2012 is the year of enlightenment, we would love, with your help, to finish this home and give Walter and Alison Yellow Hair their dream home.
Walter and Allison were homeless for about 8 years before finally securing a lease for their own homesite in the Wakpamni District on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. They were able to then purchase a camping trailer and after a year of requests and petitions were gifted 1/2 of a duplex by the tribe. They spent the next year dismantling and moving their half of the duplex piece by piece onto their new homesite and were making an attempt to use the pieces to build themselves a home, during a severe storm that winter most of their efforts were blown over.
The structure is in place, the roof is on and doing well, the interior walls are built, the homes walls are insulated, a rocket mas heater has been installed in the house for warmth, the exterior is about 80% plastered.
What we need to do to finish:
Insulate the roof and gable walls
Install earthen substrate and floor
Finish plaster on exterior and plaster and finish interior.
Build kitchen cabinets and counters
Install electrical wiring, lights, switches and plug boxes
Install bathroom fixtures, shower, sink, composting toilet and greywater drain
Install water and drain for washer and dryer in shed
Build and install stair railing and finish stairs
Build and install bedroom doors
Trim windows and doors
Build a wind break vestibule around the front door
Paint as needed
What we hope to do also:
Install gravel driveway and gate from road to house to give Walter and Alison a safe means to and from their home.
With your help this is 100% possible, with the funds raised last year and this years goal we have shown that we can successfully build a sustainable home for $20,000, this is 1/4 of the price for conventional homes on the reservation.
Won't you please be part of this great project and help show that Lakota that affordable housing is a reality!!