September 21-23, 2016 Build Change was featured in the Opening Plenary Session of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, and then Founder & CEO Elizabeth Hausler participated in the breakout session “What We Know Now: Applying Lessons Learned to Advance Haiti’s Future” as a part of the Haiti Action Network.
June 25, 2016 Build Change was chosen as one of the 100 organizations to be featured during Impact Journalism Day 2016, when 55 newspapers worldwide highlight positive innovations from more than 110 countries. Two French language papers, Le Soir in Belgium and L’Express de Madagascar, featured articles alongside two English language papers, The Straits Times in Singapore and The Philippine Star.
March 28, 2016 On March 28, 2016 the Department of Public Works and Highways officially endorsed our Residential Design and Construction Guidelines in the Philippines. These guidelines give visual, easy-to-understand instructions for each step in the process of building a disaster-resistant house, and were created to incorporate materials and technologies already available to local communities.
May 2016 Our team in the Philippines hosted 12 engineers and technical staff from the Bhutanese government. Representatives from the Bhutanese Ministries of Works and Human Settlements, Education, Health, Culture and Disaster Management attended. They were interested in learning about confined masonry, to see whether the technology can be transferred to Bhutan.
May 4, 2016 The training center in Trou du Nord, Haiti was officially opened Officials from the local government, USAID, CANADO Technique, CECI, Global Communities, DFS Construction, and Institut National de Formation Professionnelle (INFP) were among the guests we were honored to host.
April 30, 2016 Global Director of Engineering Lizzie Blaisdell led our team to Ecuador after the earthquake on April 16 that left 26,000 people homeless. She was accompanied by Juan Caballero, Director of Programs and Partnerships for Latin America, who is from Honduras and is currently based in Bogotá, Colombia where he leads our resilience program for Latin America. Project Engineer Walter Cano, from Colombia, was also on the trip, bringing a South American perspective to the team along with his expertise in structural engineering.
April 25, 2016 One year after the devastating earthquake in Nepal, our team there shares the story of supporting many rural communities in rebuilding their homes, schools, and lives.
April 20, 2016 Our 2015 Annual Report is published. This year’s report was dedicated to innovation as a means of building positive, permanent change.
March 2016 Build Change Board of Directors welcomes two new members: Grace Hanson and Mary Lou Zoback.
January 22, 2016 Build Change as an organization is registered in Nepal.
January 28, 2016 Build Change won the OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge with our project to proactively retrofit slums in Metro Manila.
December 18, 2015 Elizabeth Hausler is featured in this video and blog series by the World Economic Forum in conjunction with the Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Program.
July 10-12, 2015 Build Change Haiti participated in the first annual Haitian Olympiad Skills Competition, a first-of-its kind contest organized by the Haitian Chamber of Trades and Crafts (CMAH) and the National Institute of Professional Training (INFP), with the support of USAID’s Local Enterprise & Value Chain Enhancement (LEVE) Project. The competition took place at MATCON 2015, Haiti’s first-ever construction exposition and trade fair hosted by the Haitian American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Haiti).
December 8, 2015 Kate and Bheng from our Philippines team attended the first ARISE Philippines General Meeting. Kate spoke about achieving high potential for impact if ARISE members commit to tangible action, which relies on knowledge creation in terms of disasters as they apply to the Philippine context.
October 8, 2015 Elizabeth Hausler, founder and CEO of Build Change, gave the CEE Distinguished Lecture on October 8, 2015 at UC Berkeley College of Engineering.
November 3, 2015 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.
June 29, 2015 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!
June 17, 2015 Build Change releases 2015 Nepal Earthquake Reconnaissance Report regarding the April 25, 2015 earthquake that struck Gorkha, Nepal.
May 5, 2015 The Colombia Code Commission on Seismic Engineering approved the use of the Build Change manual for retrofitting low-rise buildings in Colombia.
May 5, 2015 Build Change responds to Nepal Earthquake, sending team of engineers.