August 15, 2007


Mw=8.0 earthquake near Pisco, Peru kills 519 people and destroys over 58,000 houses.  Elizabeth visits the area in early 2008; many commercial building owners following good practices in rebuilding new confined masonry buildings, while homeowners lack access to engineering advice and construction supervision needed to rebuild safely.  While trying to raise money to start a program in Peru, the earthquake happens in Sichuan and shifts Build Change’s course to China.