THE ROLE OF ARCHITECTURE IN DEVELOPMENT HAS LARGELY BEEN RESTORATIVE RATHER THAN PREVENTATIVE.
Far too many people do not have access to decent shelter and housing, adequate school buildings and effective clinics or hospitals. Well-designed housing is one of the most important factors in ensuring a good quality of life. Our goal is to focus on building the necessary foundations for those most in need globally. Infrastructure can be such a powerful tool to build thriving, healthy, strong communities in the face of poverty and the exacerbating hardships forced on people through natural disasters and conflict.
THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE
263 million children are out of schools worldwide
1 in every 10 children are out of school and are excluded from education and classrooms. UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims for all girls and boys to have access to completely free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education, by 2030. Our vision is to create an inclusive educational environment in ares most in need to equip children with the skills and knowledge to grow as individuals. By the words of Christine Gregoire: “Education is the foundation upon which we build our future.”
More than half of the world’s population lacks access to essential health services
1 in 4 in developing countries contracts hospital acquired infections, because of surfaces, air quality and devices. The World Health Organisation’s 2017 Global Monitoring Report on Tracking universal health coverage states that all people should be able to obtain the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. It is essential to ensure a clean environment, functional facilities and adequate equipment in hospitals in order for health professionals to deliver quality services and support to patients.
Bad buildings kills people, not bad weather.
Hurricane Sandy killed 43 people in the USA. Cyclone Nargis killed 138,000 in Myanmar. The difference did not lie in the size of the storms – 78% of preventable deaths were linked to poor housing. By 2030, 325 million of the world’s poorest people will be living in the 49 most hazard prone countries according to ODI’s 2013 report on The geography of poverty, disasters and climate extremes. Sustainable built infrastructure can provide protection to people living in affected countries and reduce the impact of devastating natural disasters.
You cannot bring up a family without housing.
You cannot educate children without schools.
You cannot cure people without hospitals.
HELP US DELIVER CHANGE FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND CREATE A LASTING LEGACY OF GREATER CAPABILITY.