I joined the Women Who Build-Artists Who Own project because as a woman I feel the importance of having the knowledge to work with construction tools. Due to the lack of exposure to work with these tools, I am always dependent on the men in my family to complete those tasks. Being dependent on someone else is something that I would want to avaid at all cost. Also, since childhood, I dreamed of building a house for myself. Therefore, the skills I will be acquiring from this project will help me fulfill one of my dreams, and someday I will build my own house. So, joining this team is benefiting my needs and desires.
Additionally, coming from a community where women are not given as much respect as they deserve, I am at a constant search to make myself better to prove the society wrong that women are not only to cook and clean. We can do much more than that, and that's exactly the mission of this project, to empower women. I am very excited to be part of this project and I will be learning lifetime skills. I am looking forward to build things with my own hands!
Thank you for your time and support!
Rpga Studio Inc wrote -
Women Who Build - Artists Who Own is about empowering women and girls to work together and learn to build!
We are raising money to help fund the costs of materials including:
- trailer $5,000
- frame & flooring $5,000
- plumbing & electrical $3,000
- roofing & windows $2,000
Volunteer and Executive Director Yvonne Shortt is raising $10,000 while fellow volunteers and participants will raise the additional $5,000.
On Saturday morning, May 6th 2017 we'll be hosting a 5K for $5K in Forest Park, Queens - accessible via the E/F lines. Please consider donating to the cause, signing-up to walk/run with us, or choosing to join our campaign and committing to raising $100!
More info about the project (+link):
Participants gain confidence in using power tools, expand their networks, and learn how to build. After the tiny house is built, it will travel the 5 boroughs with participants in the project discussing innovative strategies people are taking to deal with higher rent/workspace costs, lower wages, and community empowerment. From October until May women are volunteering and sharing their skills to help raise funding for the project, make sure other like-minded women know about the project, and gain the vital construction skills necessary to ensure the success of the project.
Building starts on May 29, 2017 and follows the schedule below:
Week 1: Subfloor framing and sheathing (alone)
Week 2: Wall framing and sheathing, doors and windows, exterior siding
Week 3: Roofing, electrical and plumbing
Week 4: Interior siding, trim
Week 5: Flooring, end electrical