A fundraising event “Heart Quake: Home and Heal” organized by Mekong Organization for Mankind (MOM) in collaboration with the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was held on 24 May 2015 at the newly opened EmQuartier shopping complex to rebuild homes in Nepal using AIT’s Habitech technology.
The goal of this charity event was to raise funds to build at least 50 houses in disaster affected areas in Nepal. These houses are to be built by using the Habitech technology which is cost-effective, durable, sustainable, disaster-resilient, uses local resources and is simple to use and construct. This housing project is to be called ‘Baanpromjai’ which means ‘Home from the Heart’.
The event featured art exhibitions, live performances, and food stalls along with designed T-Shirts and other items for sale in order to raise funds.
Many prominent artists and personalities such as Thaweechai Jaowattana, former photo editor at The Nation; National artists such as Waranun Chutchawantipakorn Kamol Tassananchalee and Ittipol Tangchalok; and Vitidnan Rojanapanich, the first Thai climber to climb Mount Everest participated and contributed in this event.
The event also featured a Nepalese dance performance, a mini jazz concert by Silpakorn University band, a live performance conducted by the Silpakorn Symphony’s mini orchestra and blues music by various artists.
AIT’s Habitech technology was prominently featured and showcased in this event. A display of the technology was one of the main highlights of this event and visitors were able to gauge the look and feel of a typical house built using this technology. The display received a good response with many visitors showing keen interest and many were largely impressed by the far reaching capabilities of this technology.
The fundraising event was a big success with many visitors contributed and donated towards the fund. The raised funds will be handed over to AIT by MOM to rebuild homes using the Habitech technology.
AIT’s Habitech Center will be responsible for building the homes in Nepal. The final details of where these houses are to be built are currently being worked out.