Give the gift of home this holiday season!


November 27, 2012

Nearly three years after the devastating earthquake, 
more than 350,000 Haitians are still living in tents and makeshift shelters like this one.

Donate now and help families rebuild safe homes
More than 350,000 people in Haiti still don't have a place to call home after the devastating January 2010 earthquake. These families have been living in makeshift tents and shelters for almost three years. 


Donate now and give these families a desperately needed, safe home this holiday season - and for many holidays to come! 


Your gift to Build Change today will help empower thousands of people in Haiti and in other developing countries devastated by earthquakes with the skills and support they need to rebuild safely - so they can move from makeshift shelters and hazardous housing to safe, permanent homes. 


How Build Change helped Roseli rebuild
a safe home in Haiti

Injured from falling debris, Roseli barely survived the earthquake in Haiti. Her house, where she and her five family members lived, also sustained significant damage. It was tagged "red" by the Ministry of Public Works, meaning it was uninhabitable.



With technical assistance from Build Change, Roseli was able to rebuild a safe home for her family.


Donate now and give a gift of a safe home to help other families who lost their home in an earthquake.

With money Roseli and members of her family were able to collect, they created two makeshift shelters made of metal sheets and wood. Life for them in those types of shelters - where still more than 350,000 people live today - was unbearable due to the rain, mud and insecurity.

Fortunately, Build Change came to Roseli's neighborhood to offer technical assistance to her and her family. Although the family's house was in bad shape, Roseli's mother did not want it torn down. Build Change engineers recognized her concerns and found an efficient way to retrofit the house. The work took less than a month to complete. Today, Roseli and her family live in a safe, two-room house - a place they are proud to call home.


So far in Haiti, more than 1,200 families like Roseli's are now living in safe, earthquake-resistant homes because of Build Change's hands-on technical assistance. Build Change has also trained more than 4,100 homeowners, 1,800 builders and 130 engineers and architects on earthquake-resistant design and construction, as well as 60 small- and medium-sized enterprise block makers to produce good-quality concrete blocks.


Help others by giving the gift of home!

Donate to Build Change now and help more families like Roseli's move from a makeshift shelter and dangerous housing to a safe, permanent home.


On behalf of Build Change, thank you for giving the gift of home to so many families in need this holiday season. Best wishes to you and yours for a joyous holiday season!


Elizabeth Hausler Strand

Founder and CEO


P.S. Please forward this message to your family, friends and co-workers so they, too, can give a gift of a most-needed, safe home this holiday season!  



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1416 Larimer Street 
Suite 301 
Denver, CO 80202 
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About Build Change

Build Change is an international non-profit social enterprise that designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them. The organization works in partnership with the public and private sector to leave in place lasting change in construction practice after earthquakes.


Because of Build Change's design and capacity-building programs in post-earthquake reconstruction programs in Haiti, Indonesia and China, more than 80,000 people are living in safer houses.


Give the gift of home!
Your donation will help homeowners rebuild a home that will keep their families safe.