Homes for Sudan
Homes for Sudan’s mission is to teach a simple fireproof building method to the IDPs so they can rebuild their burned villages. To facilitate the mission, HS4S’s is working to provide Sudanese with entrepreneurship and leadership training—in addition to the superadobe methods and technical training—to help them start their own businesses for building low cost housing. HS4S aims to build capacity and sustainability by working through local NGOs and universities.

HS4S is a 501(C)3 nonprofit with an OFAC license from the US Treasury Department to work in the Sudan.

After a trip to the Sudan (including Darfur) in 2005 with the intention of doing a study on rape and war, the founder of Homes for Sudan decided that safe housing was better for the displaced and traumatized people rather than an academic study. What better way to recover from the trauma of war than to know that there is a secure, fire proof, bullet proof, and flood proof home in a familiar place. Upon returning to the US, HS4S’s founder consulted with Nader Khalili, the creator of ‘superadobe’ and the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture’s director (www.Calearth.org). Nader agreed to partner with Homes for Sudan on the condition that HS4S’s founder come to Calearth and learn to build the houses herself. She did! Founding board members, architects, and patrons joined in enthusiastic support.

Though Nader is with us only in spirit now, the HS4S and Calearth trained architects have built 5 superadobe structures and taught hundreds of architects, engineers, students, and internally displaced people how to build superadobe houses. As a newer vision aimed at sustainability, HS4S is planning training programs for students in entrepreneurship and leadership in addition to technical and superadobe training so they can start their own businesses to build affordable housing in the Sudan. Low cost, secure houses are increasingly a need in all areas of the Sudan.

  • Houses are environmentally friendly and climate appropriate.
  • Structures are fire proof, bullet proof and flood proof.
  • The structures are built with materials used in combat areas – sandbags, barbed wire and cement.
  • The technique can be quickly learned.
  • The houses and workshops were done with volunteer labor and the assistance of the locals as well as finance from HS4S. HS4S spent a total of less than 100,000 for 3 structures and multiple workshops in the Sudan.
  • HS4S has set up partnerships with US and Sudanese universities for training programs.
  • HS4S has a local NGO partner for working in Darfur.

E3__HS4S is now working on a triple approach to accomplishing the mission:Earth-building, Entrepreneurship and Education.

Though HS4S has extensively trained architecture and engineering students as well as small contractors and IDPs in the Sudan, additional incentives for locals to run with the building innovations on their own are leadership and entrepreneurship. Local businessmen and women are interested in seeing capable young people stay in the Sudan to help build a better future and augment the economy. A greater bang for the buck is to partner with US and local institutions to train the trainer. Portland State University and the University of Khartoum with the assistance of HS4S are working together to craft some training programs for social entrepreneurship and leadership to inject some innovation into the local student population and raise human capital to produce low cost housing. Northwest State Community College has faculty responsible for technical certification in the US that are willing to run training workshops for local workers and laborers in the Sudan with the sponsorship of a Sudanese/American businessman/engineer. For these efforts we are grateful for funding assistance.

  • Portland State/University of Khartoum joint train the trainer program ($75,000 per year).
  • Northwest State / HS4S technical training (welding, pipefitting, tile fitting, electrician skills and machine repair) ($45,000 per year).
  • ‘Superadobe’ workshops in conjunction with local architects and engineers ($55,000 per year).
  • English language and writing skills crucial for international business and the global economy ($16,000 per year for summer study for 2 students in US).

Cal-Earth, the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing solutions to the human need for shelter through research, development, and education in earth architecture. They envision a world in which every person is empowered to build a safe and sustainable home with their own hands, using the earth under their feet.

Cal-Earth’s designs have been studied by NASA, endorsed and used by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Their Superadobe building system (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and has passed severe earthquake code tests in California.

Learn more about Cal-Earth at www.calearth.org

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Our Story

After a trip to the Sudan (including Darfur) in 2005 with the intention of doing a study on rape and war, the founder of Homes for Sudan decided that safe housing was better for the displaced and traumatized people rather than an academic study. What better way to recover from the trauma of war than to know that there is a secure, fire proof, bullet proof, and flood proof home in a familiar place. Upon returning to the US, HS4S’s founder consulted with Nader Khalili, the creator of ‘superadobe’ and the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture’s director (www.Calearth.org). Nader agreed to partner with Homes for Sudan on the condition that HS4S’s founder come to Calearth and learn to build the houses herself. She did! Founding board members, architects, and patrons joined in enthusiastic support.

Though Nader is with us only in spirit now, the HS4S and Calearth trained architects have built 5 superadobe structures and taught hundreds of architects, engineers, students, and internally displaced people how to build superadobe houses. As a newer vision aimed at sustainability, HS4S is planning training programs for students in entrepreneurship and leadership in addition to technical and superadobe training so they can start their own businesses to build affordable housing in the Sudan. Low cost, secure houses are increasingly a need in all areas of the Sudan.

  • Houses are environmentally friendly and climate appropriate.
  • Structures are fire proof, bullet proof and flood proof.
  • The structures are built with materials used in combat areas – sandbags, barbed wire and cement.
  • The technique can be quickly learned.
  • The houses and workshops were done with volunteer labor and the assistance of the locals as well as finance from HS4S. HS4S spent a total of less than 100,000 for 3 structures and multiple workshops in the Sudan.
  • HS4S has set up partnerships with US and Sudanese universities for training programs.
  • HS4S has a local NGO partner for working in Darfur.
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Our Work

E3__HS4S is now working on a triple approach to accomplishing the mission:Earth-building, Entrepreneurship and Education.

Though HS4S has extensively trained architecture and engineering students as well as small contractors and IDPs in the Sudan, additional incentives for locals to run with the building innovations on their own are leadership and entrepreneurship. Local businessmen and women are interested in seeing capable young people stay in the Sudan to help build a better future and augment the economy. A greater bang for the buck is to partner with US and local institutions to train the trainer. Portland State University and the University of Khartoum with the assistance of HS4S are working together to craft some training programs for social entrepreneurship and leadership to inject some innovation into the local student population and raise human capital to produce low cost housing. Northwest State Community College has faculty responsible for technical certification in the US that are willing to run training workshops for local workers and laborers in the Sudan with the sponsorship of a Sudanese/American businessman/engineer. For these efforts we are grateful for funding assistance.

  • Portland State/University of Khartoum joint train the trainer program ($75,000 per year).
  • Northwest State / HS4S technical training (welding, pipefitting, tile fitting, electrician skills and machine repair) ($45,000 per year).
  • ‘Superadobe’ workshops in conjunction with local architects and engineers ($55,000 per year).
  • English language and writing skills crucial for international business and the global economy ($16,000 per year for summer study for 2 students in US).
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Cal-Earth

Cal-Earth, the California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture, is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to providing solutions to the human need for shelter through research, development, and education in earth architecture. They envision a world in which every person is empowered to build a safe and sustainable home with their own hands, using the earth under their feet.

Cal-Earth’s designs have been studied by NASA, endorsed and used by the United Nations, featured in countless world media outlets and awarded the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Their Superadobe building system (U.S. Patent #5,934,027) integrates traditional earth architecture with contemporary global safety requirements, and has passed severe earthquake code tests in California.

Learn more about Cal-Earth at www.calearth.org

Hope Begins with a Home

A Place for the Displaced to Call Their Own

Our Team

  • Marie Besançon
  • Suaad Habiballa
  • John Mendlein
  • Caryn Peterson
  • Don Lambert
  • John Thomas
  • Sherwin Chen
  • Hooman Fazly
  • John Razzouk
  • Timothy M. Carney, Ambassador of the United States (Ret.)
  • Robert B. Oakley, Ambassador of the United States (Ret.)

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