Thursday, November 15, 2018
Warehoused to be Screened at Tiny House Project Event
Teacher Scott Runkel met with a refugee from Sudan when his students introduced the community to the Tiny House Project last May at the Limelight Hotel.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018


Sun Valley Community School students will host a fundraiser for their Tiny House Project from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Ketchum’s Community Library.

The evening will include a screening of the movie “Warehoused,” a feature-length documentary that explores the plight of the world’s 12 million people living in refugee camps. The film focuses on the lives of a family living in Dadaab, Kenya, one of the world’s largest refugee camps as it tells how only 0.1 percent are resettled, repatriated or integrated into normal society each year.

Refugees settled by the CSI Refugee Center in Twin Falls will be on hand to meet the public.

The Community School’s Refugee House class is a combined Multicultural Literature and Environmental Science course taught by Scott Runkel and Elliot Jacobs.

Students in that class are building an environmentally sustainable Tiny house to donate to the Twin Falls Refugee Center. The eco-friendly house will support the transition of a refugee family to a new life in Idaho while raising awareness of environmental and social issues.

The house, for instance, could be useful for a family that needs a place to live for six to eight months while waiting for an apartment, said Tara McFarland, match grant coordinator for the CSI Refugee Center in Twin Falls.

The center has settled more than 2,500 refugees. But housing has become scarcer and more expensive because of the growth of factories like Chobani and Clif Bar, she added.

The students embarked on the project last spring. Plans called for taking the roof off a 24-by-8-foot trailer and building lofts for the main bedroom and children’s bedroom. The home will include composting toilets, solar panels and a rain harvester, as well.

 There will be envelopes available for people to make donations. Funds raised Thursday night will go toward construction and transport.


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