Our programs have touched more than 257,000 lives worldwide. Here are a few of their stories.
Their lives had been completely uprooted.
A training in Luorong, a village in Sichuan China, which was devastated by an earthquake.
Training homeowners to make sure their new homes are built properly.
“Before Build Change came, I thought I would be living in this tent for the rest of my life.”
“We never used to worry about following construction codes, nobody really cared. Now I make sure we always do.”
His concrete blocks are 3 times stronger than before training.
Block-making in Haiti
“I’m extremely proud of what I do and I’m not prepared to build anything that I think won’t be safe.”
“Thanks to Build Change I have a solid and safe house now.”
Word spread that there was a block maker in Delmas 32 able to produce high-quality concrete blocks…
“I don’t want to build bad things anymore.”
Lems Tressie is one of thousands left unemployed by the 2010 earthquake.
“Its weight was too heavy! That is why it collapsed and why I lost my leg.”
Oramene has been able to resume her sewing business and is providing for her family again.
“When I first started working on these projects, I thought the engineers were crazy.”
“People are very aware of the need to build safer, especially those who were victims of the last earthquake.”
Monique Lexy, her husband and their six children saw their lives turn upside-down in minutes.
Elizabeth Senelia and Civil Senel have a three-story house with 45 people living in it.
It took 25 seconds for the 2010 Haiti earthquake to destroy Mirlande Joseph’s home.
“I have found this training extremely useful. I learned new things that I can use every day in my work.”
“I feel tremendous satisfaction when I am able to build safe homes for people to live in.”
“I will be able to survive and run this business by myself. I believe women can do what men can do.”
“Now I can breathe easily knowing my house is earthquake-resistant.”
“Now I know why my business did not work. I had no idea of the actual cost for bricks that I produced.”
Dilli Prasad has successfully completed his house, and the whole family is very happy to live in a seismic resistant and beautiful house.
Ishwari Majhi’s house was damaged in the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, but was left standing. She worked with Build Change to retrofit her house.
Many houses in Bethanchok village of Kavre district in Nepal were damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Hear from 3 homeowners who worked to retrofit their homes with Build Change.
This family sheltered 17 of their neighbors during a massive typhoon that struck just two months after they finished building their new Build Change-certified home.
“My house before the typhoon was made of wood. Now that my house is concrete, I am not afraid of another typhoon.”
“I was excited to make my new home more beautiful, so I added some flowering plants and put some accessories inside.”