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HAITI HOMES: Grain-Bin Style Homes

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Haiti was devastated by a massive 7.0 earthquake in 2010.  Officials say 250,000 homes collapsed and the country is still working to recover.

Now, Iowans have found a new way to help.  Iowa Food and Family Project launched a special campaign in December.  Thursday, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds announced the campaign’s success so far.

The announcement came Thursday morning at Sukup Manufacturing in Sheffield.  That's the company that makes the modified grain bins being sent to Haiti as homes.  Each can provide shelter for up to ten people and are virtually earthquake proof.

The grain-bin style homes are being put up in a special village near Port Au Prince.

Those with the campaign say this is only the beginning.

In all, the campaign generated more than $400,000.  Some of that money is also being used to make soy-based meals packed by Meals from the Heartland.