Hurricane Relief Housing Communidad Palo de Napa, Nicaragua

There were a total of three houses built in the community of Palo de Lapa after Hurricane Mitch (1998). The houses are constructed of rammed earth and reinforced concrete. The first house was larger, with two rooms and a central breezeway, the second and third were smaller with just two rooms and a front porch. The roof construction is either wood framing or steel purlins with corrugated, fiber reinforced cement panels. Changes to the design and fabrication techniques of these homes led to better structural stability and a more cost effective design after the first house was constructed. The project was built with the help of the community and volunteers from the United States.