Bringing Earthquake-Resistant Housing Solutions to Homeless Families  
Happy Holidays
December 2008
2008 was a dynamic and tragic year.  Another 87,000 people lost their lives in the May 12 earthquake in Sichuan, China, most of them crushed by collapsed buildings.  This earthquake left a staggering 7.9 million families without a home, and left us wondering why these tragedies keep happening. 
Build Change is providing hands-on technical assistance and training directly to rural farmers and builders in Sichuan as they rebuild.  Like the rural homeowners Build Change works with in Indonesia, cash is limited.  Working hand-in-hand with homeowners to implement minor, low or no cost changes to their preferred way of building can transform a vulnerable house to an earthquake-resistant one.
Now more than ever, we need your support to reach more homeowners in Indonesia and China with earthquake-resistant housing solutions. 
Since 2004, Build Change has improved the design or construction of nearly 5,000 houses.  Help us double that number. 
More bright spots in 2008 - read on for news about the Tech Award, and the fantastic individuals we added to our team this year.
Build Change Wins Tech Award Cash Prize
Tech Awards Laureate Badge 
Build Change was named a 2008 Tech Awards Laureate by the Tech Awards, a signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. 
Plus, at the awards gala on November 12, Build Change won the Katherine M. Swanson Equality Category Cash Prize for making culturally appropriate, earthquake-resistant housing solutions available to all homeowners, regardless of income level.
Check Build Change website for links to press coverage by CNET, the San Jose Mercury News, and NBCNews Bay Area. 
Build Change Staff Spotlight
Braden Weeks Earp is Build Change's Program Manager in Indonesia.  Braden is an architecture graduate from Yale University.  Braden's hands-on design, fabrication and management experience as Head of Studio for Ursula Von Rydingsvard, a New York based artist who makes large-scale sculptures from cedar, urethane resin and bronze, has made him uniquely qualified to lead the Indonesia team's growth to other structural systems, geographies and marketing opportunities.  Under Braden's leadership, our team has already increased both the number and percent of homeowners building back better with technical assistance from Build Change.
Rebecca Faulkner Nixon, P.E. took a leave of absence from her position as an Associate at Guy Nordenson and Associates in New York to lead Build Change's structural engineering design analysis for single family houses in Build Change's Sichuan earthquake expansion.  Rebecca automated the analysis process in order to quickly evaluate different layouts, to enable homeowners to select a layout that suits their family size and needs.  Rebecca's projects at Guy Nordenson and Associates include the World Trade Center Memorial Museum Slurry Wall Bracing Structure, two pedestrian bridges at Yale University, and a laboratory building for L'Oreal.  Rebecca is a licensed professional engineer with a Master of Science degree in structural engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Berkeley, she studied low-cost, sustainable earthquake-resistant building technologies for developing countries including the use of bamboo and improved adobe.  Rebecca continues to work for Build Change on a part-time basis from New York.  
Santina L. Watts spent her summer in Indonesia leading Build Change's materials testing program, in collaboration with Andalas University.  Santina tested compressive strength of bricks and mortar and flexural strength of masonry prisms.  Santina's work has been key to further quantifying the increase in strength that results from soaking bricks in water prior to building the wall.  Santina obtained her Master's degree in Structural engineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2008 and her Bachelor's degree in structural engineering from University of California, San Diego in 2007.  Santina was awarded the Chancellor's Fellowship for graduate study at UC-Berkeley.  Santina is now working as a Project Engineer for Miyamoto International in Los Angeles. 
Wiwik Fatimatus Zaroh manages the finance, human resources, and operations of Build Change in Indonesia.  Wiwik has played a critical role in Build Change's expansion to West Sumatra and Bengkulu, Indonesia, providing such functions as operations and office management, bookkeeping, audit support, payroll processing, budgeting, donor correspondence, and monthly financial and compliance reporting.  For human resources matters, Wiwik leads Build Change's recruiting and hiring programs for Indonesian staff and writes and implements employee policies.  Prior to joining Build Change, Wiwik worked for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) Holland in various positions such as Field Assistant, Finance and Administration Assistant, and Information, Education, and Communication Materials Officers.  Before joining the non-profit sector, Wiwik was an English Instructor at several insitutions and a lecturer in Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta where she earned her Bachelor degree in English Education.  At Sanata Dharma University, Wiwik was awarded the prestigious honor of Best Graduate of the Year.  Build Change wishes Wiwik all the best for her new marriage, and relocation to Australia in March 2009. 
Position Openings
Join the Build Change team by applying for the following positions:
Program Manager: Successful candidate will combine proven management, coordination and training skills with hands-on construction experience.  Structural earthquake engineering design expertise and marketing experience are helpful.  For more details click here.  To apply, send cover letter and CV by January 15, 2009 to
Construction Training Team Leaders: Requires Chinese language skills.  E-mail us for more information.
With your help, there is so much more we can do to make earthquake-resistant housing solutions available to earthquake survivors so they never have to face such a tragedy again.  Donate Now.     
Thank you and best wishes for 2009,

Elizabeth Hausler
Founder and CEO
Build Change
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Send your check, payable to Build Change, to:
M. Timothy Louis
169 Throckmorton Ave., No. 2
Mill Valley, CA 94941
Upgraded to a higher resolution digital camera, and not sure what to do with your old one?  Reuse by donating your durable digital camera to Build Change.  Reply to this e-mail for more information. 
Offset our travel costs by donating your frequent flyer miles.  Reply to this e-mail for more information. 
Check out the Build Change page on facebook
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Berkeley Engineers - look for the Build Change feature story in the Spring Issue of the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering magazine, Forefront
Resources on Confined Masonry - Build Change's handbook for building earthquake-resistant confined masonry houses in Indonesia is available on request in English and Bahasa Indonesia. 
If we missed you with our previous newsletters, visit our archive here.
About Build Change

Build Change is a 501(c)3 status non-profit social enterprise incorporated in the State of California on September 2, 2004.  Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.