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Our Safe Space

Creating Our Safe Space for and with the community that lets them improve their security without the necessity of leaving their homes.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

One of the biggest problems people in slums face is the safety of their houses at the moment when a natural disaster occurs. The reasons are two: the lack of knowledge about how to build a safe house and the lack of willingness to move from the endangered area, even though they're aware of the risk, since they're emotionally bound to their living places. To help these people stay in their houses while improving their safety we want to create a community around a project that is building a community’s “safe place”, offering people paid job where they can use their skills related to house construction. While working on the spot, the community members will share their experience and receive instructions from professionals on how to build a safe place to live, and will learn in practice by implementing the new knowledge immediately. Additionally, part of their “salary” will consist of safe materials they can use to improve their own houses according to what they learned about the building safety. In that way, the community will come up with a safe communal space, useful knowledge and safer houses without the need of leaving their land; feeling that they’re the owners of the action.

WHO BENEFITS?

The beneficiaries are the inhabitants of Peruvian cities poor areas who gain access to knowledge and materials that let them live in safer spaces without the need of leaving their homes; all of that supported by the feeling that the initiative comes from their side. Moreover, they have a chance to build and strenghten their community and provide a safe place for everyone in case they need support of each other. In case of the city authorities, the benefit is the efficiency rise of their efforts.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

Actually the cities authorities take actions to provide poor people safe spaces in case a natural disaster occurs. The idea proposed here is meant to build on these actions, transforming them slightly so that they’re better aligned with the local culture and add value also in “normal” circumstances thanks to providing people with jobs and strengthening the communities. By involving people (both men and women) we design for in the project we’re using their experience and expertise in working with limited resources. Last but not least, the community is designed to be evolving and adapting constantly to the new circumstances thanks to the day-to-day knowledge and experience sharing.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • No, I plan to implement it somewhere else

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I'm cultural anthropologist working in the innovation design area in one of the Peruvian fastest growing companies. I come from Poland but my husband is Peruvian; we have a one-year-old son who reminds me everyday about the importance of looking at the world with the child's curious eyes :)

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