Community-Led Reconstruction Program Also Includes SONA, ARCASIA and Department of Small Works
Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015 – The American Institute of Architects Foundation, now called the Architects Foundation, today announced a Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action with All Hands Volunteers to launch a $3 million reconstruction program for the villages in Nepal that were devastated by the deadly April 25 earthquake.
Fundraising for the reconstruction effort is underway.
The Memorandum of Understanding calls for parties to develop a reconstruction program for Nepal and aims to be phased in over two years, working with the Society of Nepalese Architects (SONA), ARCASIA and the Department of Small Works – all of which have extensive expertise in disaster recovery. The program’s goal is to speed up the provision of appropriate, permanent earthquake resilient housing by using an accelerated, community-led approach to the design and implementation of rebuilding homes, while training local communities in construction practices.
“An often-cited flaw in the disaster relief area is the significant lag time between the stabilization of a disaster-stricken area through emergency humanitarian response and the implementation of viable recovery programs which return affected populations to a sense of normalcy,” said Sherry-Lea Bloodworth-Botop, Executive Director of the Architects Foundation.
“By beginning now, while the humanitarian response is underway, this program can begin to return people to their communities in an accelerated but still appropriate manner,” Bloodworth-Botop said.
The three-phase program initially involves assessment and design, in which experienced members of the Society of Nepalese Architects along with staff from All Hands – beginning now and through August – will perform a needs analysis to identify a village in which to pilot design models by building as many as 75 homes. That will be followed by training beneficiaries in disaster resilient design principles and actual construction of the homes. The beneficiaries will then work with a community and volunteer labor force drawn from within Nepal and globally through the end of December.
A final phase lasting through May of 2017 involves scaling up and replication, working with local Nepalese community leaders to identify an additional 10 additional villages for bringing the program to scale. The program’s description can be reviewed at http://www.architectsfoundation.org.
“The onset of the monsoons season makes it ever more pressing for the rebuild stage of the recovery process,” said Erik Dyson, CEO of All Hands Volunteers. “In my conversations with the local community leaders in Nepal, it is clear that the community based design process, which begins now, is of upmost priority.”
About the Architects Foundation:
The American Institute of Architects Foundation, now called the Architects Foundation, advances excellence in design for the benefit of the public. As a nonprofit philanthropic extension of the American Institute of Architects, the Architects Foundation is the consummate voice and advocate for architecture and design. The Architects Foundation is dedicated to the belief that good design is good for all and plays an essential role in transforming lives and building a better world.
About All Hands Volunteers
Founded in 2005, All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations, and local communities. All Hands Volunteers has mobilized over 28,000 volunteers on 50 projects, and has developed a deep expertise in volunteer coordination and management. To donate to All Hands Volunteers’ relief efforts, click here Nepal Earthquake Response.
About Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together 190 sitting and former heads of state, more than 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,200 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries.
In addition to the Annual Meeting, CGI convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States; and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. This year, CGI also convened CGI Middle East & Africa, which brought together leaders across sectors to take action on pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges.