October 2013

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Build Change would not have been possible without Martin’s inspiration. Martin continues to serve on the board of directors.

Eusi and Helen

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Eusi and Helen lost their home to Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. They received training and technical assistance from Build Change while they rebuilt their home, with support from partner Cordaid. Just two months after they completed their home, they sheltered 17 neighboring families from the powerful Typhoon Hagupit in December 2014.

March 13, 2015

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As of March 13, 2015, Build Change is now a Social Welfare and Development Agency in the Philippines, the equivalent of nonprofit status.

February 19, 2015

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Our engineering team visited several damaged schools in Guatemala as part of a field study for retrofitting to make these schools safe again. Students are attending class in this building.

March 16, 2015

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Our sub-office in Lhoskeumawe, Indonesia is open! See this location.

June 29, 2015

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The 2014 annual report celebrates 10 years of Build Change and includes 10 lessons for 10 years, updates on our new programs in Colombia, Guatemala, and the Philippines, and stories from the field. Learn more about our impact since 2004!

November 3, 2015

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Our Haiti program signs the first ever agreement between Build Change and a program country government. The Housing Construction and Public Buildings Unit (UCLBP in French) has partnered with us to complete various projects in 2016 and 2017.

October 8, 2015

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Elizabeth Hausler, founder and CEO of Build Change, gave the CEE Distinguished Lecture on October 8, 2015 at UC Berkeley College of Engineering.

January 2014

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Build Change registers in Indonesia as a local non-profit, Yayasan Bangunan Cemerlang Indonesia (YBCI), which means “brilliant building”, opening the door to local partnerships.

December, 2013

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Build Change engineers visit the Philippines and start training local engineers in safe construction.

November 18, 2013

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NPR includes Build Change’s work in a story on how and where to rebuild in the Philippines.

October 15 and November 8, 2013

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Two events hit the Philippines; the Bohol earthquake kills 222 people and typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) wipes through the central Visayas, killing 6,340 and destroying 1.2 million homes and schools.  Build Change decides to open a program in the Philippines.

July 2, 2013

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A Mw= 6.2 earthquake hits near Takengon, Aceh, up in the coffee-growing mountains, killing 35 people and damaging or destroying 4,300 houses.  With USAID OFDA support, Build Change starts an innovative, low cost per impact program to mobilize community members to provide technical assistance to over 2,500 homeowners to rebuild.  Build Change implements a large-scale awareness program through radio and flyers, and is successful in convincing many homeowners to rebuild from timber instead of masonry.

June, 2013

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Degenkolb Engineers, Build Change and the Haiti MTPTC win the SEAONC Award of Excellence for the Haiti Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit Guidelines. This award is for outstanding achievement in the development of structural engineering practice and concepts through the analysis, design, evaluation and/or testing of structures resulting in the preparation of a study, research project, guideline or reference standard. Click  here to learn more.

April 23, 2013

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The World Economic Forum publishes Build Change’s blog post “What Latin America Needs to Know About Earthquakes” in anticipation of Build Change’s expansion to Latin America. Read it here. The Inter-American Development Bank picks it up a few months later and translates it to Spanish.

Jan, 2012

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Build Change publishes the first of three primers requested by USAID, “Building Back Housing in Post-Disaster Situations – Basic Engineering Principles for Development Professionals”

2012

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In partnership with Cordaid, Build Change implements the first large-scale retrofitting technical assistance program in Haiti, impacting nearly 1,200 houses.  Read Oramene Lamarre’s story.

October 2011

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Elizabeth named a 2011 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year for the US.