Aryeh Berkovits is just 10-years-old, but as part of his Personal Interest Project in school, he and his teacher Colin May built a micro house prototype to help solve homelessness in Sydney, Australia.
The little home was constructed from recycled materials and only cost $200 to create.
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Schoolboy Helps Build $200 Micro House for the Homeless
From the 10-year-old Builder:
…Mr. May, who is my mentor also has a passion for woodwork. He is very talented and created miniature models for me to create.
I brought them home and worked on them. My whole family loved helping and watching them come together. In the planning stage, in our Wednesday groups with Mr. May, we discussed with each other our projects. We shared ideas, gave each other constructive criticism and took people’s advice.
Some suggestions taken on board were putting the door on the side instead of the front, and including the gutter on the roof in order to collect fresh rain water to be used by the occupant of the shelter…
I am passionate and excited that I, little me Aryeh Berkovits in KTC of Sydney Australia could be helping someone with the basic human right of housing as stated by The Universal Speech of Human Rights.
I’m hoping this mobile shelter will actually be used by someone in need which we are trying to organize with the help of Rabbi Mendel Kastel from The Jewish House and Laya Slavin from Our Big Kitchen. And until we find a suitable person and place for it, we are thinking it can be used as awareness for the lack of proper housing and homelessness. A big thanks to Mr. and Mrs. May, Thomas, Aaron Blake and everyone who helped build the shelter…
Some other features are a sink to wash his hands and face, a stove to cook food, storage tubs under the bed to store extra goods, a fan to keep cool and a desk to write on…
- Took 1.5 months to complete
- Rainwater collection system
- Cost $200
- Built from recycled materials
Our big thanks to Colin for sharing!
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