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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2018.02.13
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Gupta and The Safe Building Application It takes more than just bricks and money to make infrastructure earthquake-proof. Professional engineers, trained builders, and information on safe building techniques are all vital, but how do rural people in poor areas get access to them? Answer: via cheap modern technology. Enter Khusbhu Gupta, Computer Engineer and Programmer, who managed Build Change's FULCRUM app that provides construction advice, quality monitoring, and real-time communications between local people, engineers, builders, and project managers. FULCRUM makes communications efficient and productive; Khusbhu worked with FULCRUM for the Build Change office in Nepal. Her fantastic work has earned her a full scholarship to pursue a Masters in Data Science at Mahidol University in Thailand. Share this story and help Build Change help more women change their lives. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2018.01.29
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My Son Changed Me One of the reasons Build Change has started working on schools is that Elizabeth has a 5-year-old son. "When he was born it made me think differently about education, about educational infrastructure, and about how devastating it would be to lose your child in an earthquake. It made the loss much easier to imagine; more direct, and personal to me. It has evolved my thinking, and Build Change's direction with it." https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.12.04
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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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2017.11.06
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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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2017.10.24
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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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