Disaster Relief and Aid Fund supports “Architecture for Humanity”
February 8th, 2013 by Brian Maiorana
Disaster Relief is, by definition, re-active. Governments, citizens, charities, etc., respond after the event and help to ameliorate suffering and begin the rebuilding process. But Disaster Aid and Relief Fund likes to be pro-active, so in 2012 we began to financially support an organization that not only gives aid to victims of natural disaster, but works to design and build living spaces and communities that are less susceptible to disasters, whether natural or man-made.
“Architecture for Humanity” has built structures that house over 2 million people since it was formed in 1999.• From Haiti to South Africa to Biloxi, Mississipi, the organization’s developments include such diverse projects as temporary housing for war refugees to schools and “hardening” existing communities against the kind of extreme weather and geologic events (earthquakes) that poorly-resourced communities are so susceptible to. Their mission statement includes:
- Alleviating poverty and providing access to water, sanitation, power and essential services
- • Bringing safe shelter to communities prone to disaster and displaced populations
- • Rebuilding community and creating neutral spaces for dialogue in post-conflict areas
From conception to completion, “Architecture for Humanity” manages all aspects of the design and construction process; they work with a wide range of partners, including community groups, aid organizations, housing developers, government agencies, corporate divisions, and foundations.
Disaster Aid and Relief Fund is proud to contribute to the work of “Architecture for Humanity”.