Where We Work
Build Change worked with homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials rebuilding houses after the devastating May 12, 2008, earthquake in Sichuan, until closing operations in 2011.
Most efforts to create safer housing are made after a disaster has already taken place. We are working to make homes in Colombia safe before a natural disaster occurs, to reduce the loss of life and economic impacts.
Build Change is on the ground in Haiti, working with homeowners, builders, engineers and government officials to rebuild safe houses in the aftermath of the devastating January 12, 2010, earthquake.
In December 2007, Build Change completed a successful 2.5 year program working with tsunami survivors and other international humanitarian organizations to build better houses.
We began new operations in Takengon, Aceh to aid in reconstruction from the 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck in July 2013.
Build Change began working in West Sumatra after earthquakes in 2007. Many houses were tested by an earthquake on September 30, 2009, and none that met our minimum standard for earthquake safety sustained damage. We have been providing technical assistance to homeowners, builders and brickmakers. We have also been providing vocational training to teachers, technical students and education supervisors.
We completed our initial surveys of areas damaged by the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Yolanda. We identified the most common failure modes in structures that were damaged or destroyed by these natural disasters.
We have developed a set of recommendations which use local systems and techniques that incorporates minor changes to make structures safer.