Founded in 2004, Build Change is an award-winning, international, non‐profit social enterprise with a mission to reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing collapses due to earthquakes and major storms in developing countries. Build Change designs disaster‐resistant houses and schools and trains builders, homeowners, engineers and government officials to build them. Build Change started its work in Aceh, Indonesia, after the 2004 earthquake and tsunami and implemented homeowner-driven housing reconstruction and disaster risk reduction programs in West Sumatra, Indonesia in 2007; Sichuan, China in 2008; Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 2010; the Philippines in 2013; and Colombia in 2014.
Build Change has trained more than 20,000 people in Indonesia, China, Haiti, Guatemala and Bhutan on disaster-resistant design and construction, who have in turn built over 40,000 safer homes, impacting more than 200,000 people. Build Change is proud to have proof of concept: when earthquakes hit Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2009, none of the buildings that received technical inputs from Build Change that met minimum standards following the 2007 earthquake was damaged.
Build Change has provided design engineering, construction supervision, disaster-resistant design and construction training services to national governments, NGOs and private sector companies such as CARE, Oxfam International, the French Red Cross, Mercy Corps, Catholic Relief Services and the Caritas network, UNOPS and Degenkolb Engineers. Build Change has performed post-disastertechnical reconnaissance and housing subsector studies following earthquakes or major storms in China, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Peru, and the Philippines and regularly contributes to lessons learned and case histories on effective post-disaster reconstruction.
Build Change and its Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, have received numerous awards and recognition, including the 2011 Schwab Foundation US Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, 2009 Ashoka-Lemelson Fellowship, 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity in the Equality Category, 2006 Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship and 2004 Echoing Green Fellowship.