Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and typhoons. Our mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations.

The World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation teamed up on this series to feature leading social entrepreneurs, including our own Elizabeth Hausler.

This video and article detail how Build Change’s process works with builders and their communities around the world to create a safer future.

Many houses were completely destroyed in the 2015 Nepal earthquakes, and even more were damaged but left standing. For these homes, retrofitting is a low-cost alternative to demolition and rebuilding. With Build Change’s technical assistance, homeowners can strengthen their homes and move back in with confidence.

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Curry Stone Design Prize

April 4, 2017

Build Change was named to the Curry Stone Design Prize Social Design Circle for design that helps prevent disaster. Read more and see all the Social Design Circle winners here.

2017 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

March 27, 2017

We are so honored to have been selected by the Skoll Foundation as a winner of the 2017 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select group of social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. Read more…

2016 Annual Report

March 24, 2017

Our 2016 Annual Report is now available online. This year we are proud to feature our partners from around the world, without whom none of our programs would be possible.

A Stand Against Discrimination

February 9, 2017

Our CEO Elizabeth Hausler and more than 150 other social entrepreneurs have signed an open letter to President Trump, standing in solidarity against the travel ban on 7 Muslim-majority countries. The full letter and list of signatories is available on

Aceh Province Earthquake Assessment

December 19, 2016

Following the earthquake that struck Ache province in Indonesia on December 6, our team went to the region to assess the damages and begin to understand how Build Change can support the rebuilding efforts. Their journey is documented on our blog.

Hurricane Matthew Response

October 26, 2016

Our team in Haiti traveled to communities in southern Haiti affected by Hurricane Matthew to investigate why so many homes and schools were damaged. Their observations were recorded on our blog, and in the technical reconnaissance report published on November 28, 2016.

Lloyd’s Charities Trust

October 11, 2016

Lloyd’s Charities Trust, the grant-making charity of the Lloyd’s insurance market, joined Build Change in a three-year partnership to focus on resilience in low-income neighborhoods in Manila, Philippines and Medellín, Colombia.

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Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms by empowering people in emerging nations to build homes and schools that will protect their families and children.

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