In September 2013, we set up a field office in Takengon, struck by an earthquake in 2013, to train local residents to build safe homes. We will expand to Padang in spring 2015 to continue training brickmakers to make better, safer building materials.

Post-Earthquake Reconstruction in Aceh Tengeh

In September 2013, we set up a field office in Takengon, recently struck by an earthquake, train local residents to build safe homes.

The USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance is supporting this program to distribute educational materials through flyers and radio to over 18,256 people. In partnership with community members and local government, we’re providing technical assistance to over 2,500 homes. To put lasting skills in place, we trained 35 community extension workers to expand our local impact.

Better Bricks and More Efficient Use of Timber

As part of the Clinton Global Initiative, Build Change committed to working with 200 brickmakers in Sumatra to improve brick quality, improve brickmakers’ business skills and livelihoods and reduce environmental impacts. In January 2013, we piloted a program in West Sumatra with 32 brickmakers. Half of the participants were women. Brickmakers improved the strength of their bricks by 50%, used half as much timber and lowered their production costs by 25%. We will expand our program to Padang in spring 2015.

Support Our Work

We are seeking partners in the following areas:

  • Corporations and foundations
  • The private sector, including engineers, builders, producers and construction materials producers and suppliers
  • Financing and insurance institutions
  • Public sector institutions, including public works agencies and municipal engineers
  • Implementing partners, including NGOs


Region and Risks

On July 2, 2013, Aceh was struck by a 6.1-magnitude earthquake. The earthquake damaged nearly 16,000 houses and displaced over 22,000 people.