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Proactive slum retrofitting. Urban slum communities will become more resilient when strengthening their existing houses becomes the norm.

Proactive slum retrofitting. Urban slum communities will become more resilient when strengthening their existing houses becomes the norm.

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Kate commented on Building Resilience

Hi Ekanath,
I'm with you - generally communities take time to accept new technologies. For this reason, we are not introducing new building materials or construction typologies, what we are doing is making small, no-cost or low-cost changes to existing construction practices, ie: using better quality blocks, adding more reinforcement in columns, or getting them to bend the hooks on their spacers to 135 degrees instead of 90. We are experiencing a lot of support for these types of changes among homeowners (because the technology is still familiar to them but with the added safety lens) as well as with builders (who often know what should be done but never bothered for housing, which is seen as a small project).

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Kate commented on Babban Gona

Hi Amanda and the Babban Gona team, so glad that you were able to contribute! Lots of love from all of us at Build Change.

Hi Taru!
Thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the delayed response, we had a break over Easter. You can follow this project on our Facebook pages (https://www.facebook.com/ourpembo for the Philippines and https://www.facebook.com/buildchangela/ for Latin America). If you send me your email address, I can also add you to our newsletter.
All the best,
Kate