An average of 1754 people are dying from cold or heat every year in India, with the country's millions of homeless being among the most exposed. The lack of homeless shelters in India is enormous and among the few that exist, many are in a deplorable condition, do not accept families, and do not offer privacy nor safety to women and children. This causes many homeless to not make use of the shelters, forcing them to sleep on the street, completely unprotected from harsh weather and abuse.
10,000 USD will provide 50 homeless families with a life-saving weatherHYDE, called 'innovation at its finest' by Ashton Kutcher. Portable and versatile, weatherHYDE responds to the mobility needs of many of the urban homeless, who often need to move in search of income opportunities and basic services. We have already supplied 500 weatherHYDEs to homeless families and individuals in the US, Canada, India, Bangladesh and Denmark.
Our approach empowers communities to replicate our solutions on their own and reduce dependencies on support, creating ownership and pride. The weatherHYDE model is scalable, replicable and accessible to offer shelter to all homeless, regardless of their financial and social situation. As we scale up, it will create employment opportunities through local production and a distribution model involving work force from the homeless communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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