Five months into the rebuilding of Haiti’s homes and businesses, Florida Tile says it has thus far donated "more than 90,000 square feet of porcelain floor tile, nearly 20 percent of the entire humanitarian request for these materials."
“The rebuilding effort will be a long one,” said Dan Marvin, Florida
Tile’s Director of Quality Assurance and Technical Services. “The earthquake
left over 250,000 homes and 30,000 commercial and government buildings
destroyed. Tile plays an important role not only as a valuable and versatile
building product but also one which is culturally appropriate for that part of
the world. We will continue to send tile to Haiti as long as there is a
need," said Marvin.
Within hours of the January 12 earthquake which struck near the capital
city of the island nation of Haiti, containers of humanitarian aid began to
arrive in Haiti. Almost as quickly, Operation Compassion put out the call for
tile donations to assist with reconstruction. According to Marvin, Florida
Tile’s response was immediate.
“This type of outreach is not new for Florida Tile. We have worked for
years with the Mountain Re-source Center and other groups like Tile Partners
for Humanity (an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity) to donate our un-saleable
or surplus tile to worthy charities across the US and around the world,” Marvin
“When Operation Compassion started collecting an estimated 500,000 square
feet of tile to send to Haiti, Florida Tile responded immediately. Starting in
January and continuing through today, through our Mountain Re-Source partner we
have donated an estimated 90,000 square feet of tile, almost 20 percent of
Operation Compassion’s goal, he said.
Operation Compassion sends all tile donated by Florida Tile to Haiti for
building and rebuilding projects. In a tropical climate such as Haiti, tile is
an all-purpose product that can be used for a number of applications both
inside and outside the home.
Both small and larger homes can benefit from the use of tile, grout,
thin-set and tile tools. Haitians are accustomed to using tile products and can
often lay and finish the tile work themselves which also provides a means of
income for those previously unemployed.
The newly tiled floors are often stronger and more structurally stable
than those they replaced in this seismically active area.
“We’re proud of our commitment to the people of Haiti and wherever our
charitable donations can mean the difference between an attractive and very
sound floor and no floor at all. Through
our partnerships like those with the Mountain Re-Source Center and Operation
Compassion, we are able to reach out to people in their time of greatest need,”
For information about Operation Compassion, visit www.operationcompassion.org.
For information about the Mountain Re-Source Center, visit www.mountainre-source.com.
Florida Tile continues aid to Haiti with tile
June 9, 2010