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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2017.04.25
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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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2017.02.17
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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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2017.02.15
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[After the hurricane] Haiti just can't get lucky. Devastated ten years ago by a huge earthquake, last year it was hit by Hurricane Matthew, one of the strongest on record. Natural disasters will continue to hit Haiti, but at least its population can be better protected from them. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth and Build Change to help Haitians reengineer and build storm and earthquake resistant housing. That's a real gift that keeps on giving. https://ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.01.06
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【NEW YEAR MESSAGE】 Here is a New Year's message from Elizabeth Hausler, who is supported through the ANA BLUE WING Program. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING Build Change
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2016.11.04
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Build Change celebrated the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on October 12th with their supporter Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery in Denver, CO. Visitors tested their building skills while enjoying glasses of craft beer; the brewery donated to Build Change $1 dollar for each beer sold. Jagged Mointain are one of Build Change's growing band supporters. You can join them through ANA BLUE WING. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING

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