LIFESAVER® systems was founded by Michael Pritchard in 2007. After seeing the tragic waste of life and serious problems caused by the ack of safe drinking water in the wake of the tsunami in December 2004, and Hurricane Katrina.
This is an idea to create an individual self-discover education organization to help fresh graduate who feels lost about their next step, dishearten young adults in their quarter- or mid-life crisis, and retirees of any age to discover their purpose.
That is great! One problem that is faced in the slums but not Dallas is family planning. The family size continuously grow because most of them are not educated enough and their religion "do not allow" it. How can we design a house that grows with the size of the family? Of course the older ones may move out to make space for the younger ones, but most still stay together because they depend on each other.
Most urban slums are built on rubbish ground, farming on those ground is not quite possible. What if they could have a small garden farm on their roof top? They can plant simple stuffs like chilli, herbs and tomatoes? I once planted sweet potatoes in school, the leaves grow so fast and can be harvested for eating while waiting for the sweet potatoes to grow. Will water supply then become the problem??
Your idea inspired a concept I posted (https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/urban-resilience/ideas/ikea-for-slums-educate-with-lego-style-diy-housing) about working with companies like IKEA to create lego-style DIY housing that can have components that is useful for the household to be put together to customise a suitable home for the family.
Since you have professional experience in architectural design, I'm wondering what's your take about the concept? I thought it is a viable concept because I saw IKEA came up with a DIY house for $86k (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2108775/Ikea-launches-80-000-flat-pack-DIY-house.html). Since there is no need for such a big house for slums, can it be designed for a lower price? And if yes, do you think it can be designed that future add-ons, like your design, can be easily integrated? (Imagine the modular phone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQqudiUdGuo - but a modular house instead)