Build Change

Our mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations
A Safer Home for Slum Dwellers in Metro Manila
 
Millions of urban slum dwellers in Metro Manila live in substandard quality houses which make them vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters. Build Change will raise their awareness on the effects of natural disasters and develop pre-disaster retrofit guidelines to allow slum dwellers to strengthen their existing houses using locally available materials and culturally appropriate technology. Last, we will provide access to capital to help slum dwellers finance the retrofit. project reportread updates from the field
Sponsor a membership, change a life
 
It's easy to backslide - We connect builders in Port-au-Prince to incentives to keep building safe houses, despite pressure from untrained bosses still using unsafe methods. Membership in a professional network called REZO ("network" in Haitian Creole) will connect these builders to job placement, apprenticeships, continuing education, and lower prices for building materials. This project will fund 25 builders' memberships, combined with support from local businesses and the Haitian government. project reportread updates from the field
Empower Nepal to Rebuild Safer Houses and Schools
 
Thousands of families with houses damaged by the earthquake in Nepal are sleeping outside. They may not need to. Our engineers will work with families to assess their homes and determine if they are structurally safe. Even unsafe houses may be salvageable through retrofitting, which is much faster and cheaper than rebuilding from scratch. We want to get families back in safe houses and in school as soon as possible. Our Board and generous supporters will match your donation 100%, up to $45,000 project reportread updates from the field
Train four builders in Haiti to build safer homes
 
Builders who lack formal training build unsafe houses. These unsafe homes are likely to collapse in earthquakes and hurricanes, putting families in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at risk. We will provide training and certification in safer construction techniques to four builders. They will use this training throughout their careers, impacting the safety of dozens of homes and families. Certification also increases their income - a double win. project reportread updates from the field
Train four builders in Haiti to build safe homes
 
Builders who lack formal training build unsafe houses. These unsafe homes are likely to collapse in earthquakes and hurricanes, putting families in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, at risk. We will provide training and certification in safer construction techniques to four builders. They will use this training throughout their careers, impacting the safety of dozens of homes and families. Certification also increases their income - a double win. project reportread updates from the field
Protect 15 families from earthquakes in Indonesia
 
This project will provide 15 families in Cekal Village, in the Aceh Province of Indonesia, with engineering guidance so they can rebuild safe, earthquake-resistant homes. We will also train local builders, engineers and government officials to promote wide acceptance of safe building techniques. project reportread updates from the field
 
   

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