A World of Safe Housing for All. -Elizabeth Hausler-

REPORT 01

The April 2015 Nepal Earthquake: why buildings collapse, and how to prevent it

imageSince the Nepal earthquake in April, Build Change has been studying why buildings collapse, and how people would like their houses to be rebuilt. Most Nepalese buildings are made with unreinforced masonry and are prone to collapse during earthquakes. Buildings made with reinforced concrete frames mounted on strong foundations are able to withstand landslides and earthquake shocks, and suffer much less damage.

Building Codes and guidelines exist but are widely ignored

imageAfter a 1988 earthquake in Nepal, the government published a Nepal National Building Code and guidelines for earthquake-resistant construction. Unfortunately, these guidelines are rarely used in practice, or enforced in any practical manner. Many houses are simply built by untrained local people.

Working with government is a constant process of creating relationships

imageEarthquakes don’t kill people: badly-built buildings do. Lives can be saved if buildings are constructed, or retrofitted with earthquake-proofing, according to reliable codes and guidelines, but this tends to make construction more costly or difficult. Safer buildings will only be made if the codes are enforced, and we build relationships with local and national governments to try to bring this about, but officials change, governments change, and we have to start all over again. It’s a constant process, but we think it’s worth it. It takes a lot of travel, so many thanks to ANA BLUE WING!

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2017.12.01
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Elizabeth on Her Management Style "Nowadays my job is to build relationships and partnerships, raise money, and work with our board. It is very managerial. There are good and bad things about that. I miss the direct interaction with homeowners and builders, but it's also very rewarding to see other people get rewards and inspiration themselves from doing that. So now we have multiple people doing implementation rather than just me, and our team is greater than the sum of its parts." Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth's team achieve more. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.11.04
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13 is not unlucky for Build Change In 13 years, Build Change has grown from being a single hands-on engineer-bricklayer to having nearly 200 staff from 13 countries who have trained 27,800 people in the basics of safe construction; created 12,300 local jobs; and created 51,200 safer buildings in 12 countries, with the 257,600 people living and working in them all now safe from building collapse in earthquakes. 42 other organizations now follow their methods. That's Changemaking! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.10.20
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Elizabeth’s other favorite book? President Obama's mother S. Ann Dunham's PHD thesis, on cottage industries in Indonesia was published as a book called "Surviving against the Odds: Village Industry in Indonesia”. Elizabeth says: "We've been working in Indonesia for all these years, not only to build safe buildings, but also to create jobs, so I'm keen to start reading her book. Her work feels close to mine in intent, heart and spirit." https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.10.18
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Building Change in Mexico Rebuilding in Mexico hadn't been part of Build Change's action plan for 2017, but training local builders, rebuilding, and refitting houses and schools to prevent future earthquake deaths is an important part of the recovery process. Right now the Build Change Latin America team is on site assessing the damage caused by September's earthquakes, and they need your help. Support ANA BLUE WING and they'll get it. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.10.08
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Skill and knowledge are different things Elizabeth grew up in a small town outside of Chicago, worked for her father as a bricklayer, and learned how to lay bricks by doing it on-the-job. She says: "You can't teach a builder how to lay bricks just by showing him or her how to do it. They actually have to do the work and learn on the job. Other organizations would say: oh, just do a demonstration; just train people for a week; show them how to do it and they'll be fine. Well, there's a difference between knowing in theory how to do something, and actually having the skill to do it. Other organizations had the knowledge but lacked skill and did poor work. Our builders get it right first time." https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING

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