Resilient Communities
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As extreme weather events, conflicts, and other risks abound today, building resilient communities is of great importance. Survivability of structures, disaster response frameworks, and preparedness are all crucial elements of ensuring safety for people around the world.

As extreme weather events, conflicts, and other risks abound today, building resilient communities is of great importance. Survivability of structures, disaster response frameworks, and preparedness are all crucial elements of ensuring safety for people around the world.

School Relief

Suman Kumar & Avishek Sanjel are co-founding School Relief in Nuwakot, Nepal to rebuild schools destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Students from the first school they will rebuild have been taught under temporary shelters; they will use a ‘Portal Shelter’ modular design that will allow for rapid deployment, use of local materials, safer and earthquake-resistant construction to provide a safer and more lasting solution throughout Nepal.

Avishek Sanjel Chhetri

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Avishek has grown to realize the health disparity that exists globally in terms of quality healthcare services. Avishek is driven by his passion to bring change to the healthcare sector of Nepal. Avishek is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester studying Biochemistry and International Relations. He plans to pursue an MD-MPH and work with rural communities in Nepal. Currently, with his team, he has started School Relief to rebuild schools that were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Suman Kumar

Suman is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in New York, pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. He has Engineering experience and has worked on several engineering projects in Nepal including earthquake relief project that provided shelters for approximately 26,000 earthquake victims. He previously ran a successful fabrication business where he dealt with several International organizations including the United Nations. 

Journey Crowdfunding

Charles Zhang founded Journey Crowdfunding, a social crowdfunding platform based in Sydney, Australia. Journey Crowdfunding—in partnership with shelters and other partner organizations—will share the stories of the homeless and disadvantaged, and raise funds for self-advancement initiatives like occupational training and educational programs. By crowdfunding these "journeys," community donors will help these individuals achieve important milestones and move toward breaking the cycle of poverty. 

Charlie Zhang

Charles is a student at the University of Sydney in Australia studying a Bachelor of Commerce. Charles spent a semester abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands where he developed an avid curiosity for social enterprise. Upon returning to Sydney, he and two colleagues went on to develop Journey Crowdfunding, a social crowdfunding platform that aims to champion the disadvantaged and vulnerable by helping them fund specific self-advancement items.

"Ubuntu" Design Community Half House Project

Wandile founded the Half-House Project to provide sustainable improvements in the living and community conditions of shantytown residents in Durban. Using local materials and labor as well as community sweat equity, Wandile and his team will build half-houses that leave room for further creative construction. The half-house will create a sense of community pride and ownership, while teaching the community about the importance and power of environmental sustainability.

Wandile Mthiyane

Emanating from a humble background of KwaMashu, Wandile Mthiyane rose each day to contemplate on his dream to change the world. In spite of the immediate battle to fight the endless trend of poverty, he amplified his vision to make a difference by developing an intimacy with education which he believed was the only widget to terminate poverty. His outstanding progress from High School propagated his vision as he was eventually awarded a full tuition scholarship to pursue Architecture at Andrews University.

Up For Sky

Junyi is addressing the very serious problem in China of children separated from migrant worker parents who must live in the cities to work while their children stay in rural areas and are often virtually abandoned (the “left behind children,” as they are called).  The team has launched a program providing these elementary school children in Sichuan Province with adult mentors who can provide them with emotional support, stability, and a positive role model.

Junyi Fei

Junyi is majoring in Finance and Global Business with a minor in Social entrepreneurship at NYU Stern School of Business. She aspires to become a social entrepreneur and address world’s social issues via mission-driven technology. Her long-lasting desire of supporting left-behind children (whose parents migrate to large cities for higher-salary jobs and left them behind in countryside) in rural China stemmed from her parent’s charity: they adopted a left-behind girl after knowing that her parents died in an accident without leaving her any money.

Roots of Renewal

Roots of Renewal is a community development non profit working in New Orleans to break cycles of poverty and crime. The organization employs formerly incarcerated young men to renovate blighted properties in Central City, one of the most dangerous and impoverished communities in the city. While working on the property, the program participants receive hands-on job training from experienced contractors, carpenters, and other construction specialists.

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