Aruba (/əˈruːbə/ ə-ROO-bə, Papiamento: [aˈruba]) is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands physically located in the mid-south of the Caribbean Sea, about 29 kilometres (18 mi) north of the Venezuelan peninsula of Paraguaná and 80 kilometres (50 mi) northwest of Curaçao. It measures 32 kilometres (20 mi) long from its northwestern to its southeastern end and 10 kilometres (6 mi) across at its widest point. Together with Bonaire and Curaçao, Aruba forms a group referred to as the ABC islands. Collectively, these and the other three Dutch substantial islands in the Caribbean are often called the Dutch Caribbean, of which Aruba has about one-third of the population. In 1986, it became a constituent country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and acquired the formal name the Country of Aruba.
Aruba is one of the four countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao, and Sint Maarten; the citizens of these countries are all Dutch nationals. Aruba has no administrative subdivisions, but, for census purposes, is divided into eight regions. Its capital is Oranjestad.
Unlike much of the Caribbean region, Aruba has a dry climate and an arid, cactus-strewn landscape. The climate has helped tourism, because visitors to the island can expect clear, sunny skies all year. Its area is 179 km2 (69.1 sq mi) and it is quite densely populated, with 101,484 inhabitants as at the 2010 Census. A January 2019 estimate of the population placed it at 116,600.
About Stichting Marlin Yard
Eco Living is more than considering the environment, or a lifestyle or a life choice. It’s about your quality of life when living in a Green Community AND leaving a legacy for the next generation.
Stichting Marlin Yard promotes the “self-sufficient living” concept by starting a Green Community pilot on a small site on Aruba. A number of Tiny Homes which in principle can function on a hybrid system and even completely off-grid if desired will be accommodated at this site. Self-sufficient living means generating your own electricity, recycling water and produce your own biogas. These homes are connected to the gardens (permaculture vegetable garden, aquaponic and hydroponic) for residents to cultivate fresh produce on site. There will also be shared facilities on site like a laundry room, garden & tool shed, parking space, BBQ terrace with outdoor bar/kitchen and plunge pool. The intention is to create “Green Communities” on Aruba to increase self-reliance, including quality and healthier life while living on a piece of paradise.
Here you can find the projects Marlin Yard has initiated on this paradise like island to which we welcome you to participate, contribute to and or enjoy.
Community Supported Agriculture – Hofi Diamant
Stichting Marlin Yard believes that urban agriculture can be beneficial to the environment, and to the health and wellbeing of community members. The introduction of community supported agriculture (CSA) may be able to reduce the impact of food deserts in low-income areas and allow residents greater access to nutritious food that is necessary to live a healthy life. We believe that the CSA initiative can mitigate some of the problems that plague urban areas. It can be a beneficial addition to many communities by increasing the availability of nutritious foods, strengthening community ties with local farmers, reducing environmental hazards, reducing food miles and creating a more sustainable system. Our CSA project can help reduce negative environmental impacts by promoting sustainable agriculture; reducing food transportation costs and reducing water runoff. Humans, plants and animals can all benefit from urban agriculture since it creates habitats and improves the ecology of the area.
Hurricane – and Earthquake challenged, and fire-resistant Tiny Homes are scheduled to be constructed in a residential area creating a Green Community. These self-sufficient homes built out of modified shipping containers will provide own renewable energy sources and be part of the waste-management and waste-water management system. The plan is to construct Tiny Homes of the types Studio, One bedroom and Two bedrooms.
A Tiny Home is a sustainable built house, approximately 15m² – 44m² (161sq.ft – 473 sq.ft) in size, in which the residents live all year round. All Tiny Homes are creatively and resourceful designed. The focus at this Tiny House location is on simple, environmentally conscious living and on creating more financial freedom when it comes to reducing high electricity and water bills.
Stichting Marlin Yard’s committed subdepartments are:
- Hoom Street which is responsible for the designing, construction, shipping, and installation of the Tiny Homes.
- Carib Housing is responsible for the plot allocation, onsite logistics, maintenance, and administrative processing. Furthermore, Carib Housing is responsible for the supervision and ensures that the Tiny Home project is executed accordingly on location.
Interested parties will soon be able to access information on the Tiny Home location, the designs, surface layout, participation terms and conditions and registration form. All information will be published at Carib Housing new website. More about Carib Housing can already be accessed at Carib Housing’s Facebook page by clicking HERE.