Our programs have touched more than 330,000 lives worldwide. Here are just a few of our stories.
A training in Luorong, a village in Sichuan China, which was devastated by an earthquake.
“Before Build Change came, I thought I would be living in this tent for the rest of my life.”
“We never used to worry about following construction codes, nobody really cared. Now I make sure we always do.”
“I’m extremely proud of what I do and I’m not prepared to build anything that I think won’t be safe.”
Word spread that there was a block maker in Delmas 32 able to produce high-quality concrete blocks…
Oramene has been able to resume her sewing business and is providing for her family again.
Jean Vanel Saintius
“When I first started working on these projects, I thought the engineers were crazy.”
“People are very aware of the need to build safer, especially those who were victims of the last earthquake.”
Monique Lexy, her husband and their six children saw their lives turn upside-down in minutes.
Elizabeth and Civil
Elizabeth Senelia and Civil Senel have a three-story house with 45 people living in it.
“I have found this training extremely useful. I learned new things that I can use every day in my work.”
Erwin the Builder
“I feel tremendous satisfaction when I am able to build safe homes for people to live in.”
“I will be able to survive and run this business by myself. I believe women can do what men can do.”
Brickmakers and Business
“Now I know why my business did not work. I had no idea of the actual cost for bricks that I produced.”
Busri & Surmaini Bapak
“Before, every time I produce bricks about 50 out of 25,000 bricks were broken. But now I never find broken bricks in my production.”
Dilli Prasad Poudel
Dilli Prasad has successfully completed his house, and the whole family is very happy to live in a seismic resistant and beautiful house.
Ishwari Majhi’s house was damaged in the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, but was left standing. She worked with Build Change to retrofit her house.
The Homeowners of Bethanchok
Many houses in Bethanchok village of Kavre district in Nepal were damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Hear from 3 homeowners who worked to retrofit their homes with Build Change.
Shree Krishna Majhi
Shree Krishna was one of the first homeowners trained in Bhimtar village after the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.
Dharmendra Mandal is one of our Site Engineers in Nepal, working with the community to build back safer.
Helen & Eusi Raloso
This family sheltered 17 of their neighbors during a massive typhoon that struck just two months after they finished building their new Build Change-certified home.
“My house before the typhoon was made of wood. Now that my house is concrete, I am not afraid of another typhoon.”
“I was excited to make my new home more beautiful, so I added some flowering plants and put some accessories inside.”
Edna and Eric Doctolero
Edna says that the retrofit program helped the family “to not worry about disasters anymore. It also helped us prepare for the future of our kids. Build Change is a big blessing for us and it totally helped our family in so many ways.”