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

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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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Inspiring Women! ANA Inspiration’s “2017 Inspiring Women in Sports” conference featured presentations by some of the most inspiring women in the sports world. Social entrepreneur and ANA BLUE WING Changemaker Elizabeth Hausler of Build Change spoke about her inspiration to solve the problem of how to make buildings earthquake proof, with ANA BLUE WING’s help. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth inspire others! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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Can design prevent disaster? Yes! The Curry Stone Foundation supports innovative approaches to creating healthy communities. In April, Build Change was selected as one of the Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle honorees. There are few issues more pressing than earthquake-resistant buildings, so support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth and Build Change save lives through better design. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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Build Change wins the 2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship The Skoll Foundation was set up by eBay founder Jeff Skoll with a mission to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world's most pressing problems. Winning a Skoll Award is a very big deal, so huge congratulations to Elizabeth and Build Change! Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth solve one of the world's most pressing challenges: earthquake-resistant buildings. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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The importance of earthquake-resistant schools. If a school collapses in an earthquake, not only does it kill or injure a lot of people at once, it also deprives the survivors of their continued education. This can be catastrophic for a community, so earthquake-resistant school buildings are a top priority. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth and Build Change to build more earthquake-resistant schools. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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[Winter-ready home] Winter has come again to Nepal. Earthquakes in winter can cause avalanches from the high mountains: a devastating double whammy. Elizabeth and Build Change always carry out their preparatory work before the snow falls, as the photograph shows. Support ANA BLUE WING and help provide the Nepalese people with a gift they will never forget: earthquake-resistant houses. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING

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