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Shelter represents the building block for community. Those who lack shelter lack opportunity, safety, health, and stability that are crucial to life and development. Resolution Fellows are working on housing, urban planning, modular shelters, and other elements of this challenge to ensure that people around the world have a place to live and sleep in comfort and safety.

Shelter represents the building block for community. Those who lack shelter lack opportunity, safety, health, and stability that are crucial to life and development. Resolution Fellows are working on housing, urban planning, modular shelters, and other elements of this challenge to ensure that people around the world have a place to live and sleep in comfort and safety.

Happy Home Eco-Sanitation Company (HHESCO)

(HHESCO) is an enterprise that provides environmentally friendly, micro-flush toilets to low-income earners, landlords and community groups and supports them with a flexible payment system. The toilet also generates usable compost which can be sold for a new income stream. Recently, the venture built a seven-unit toilet facility for the Berekuso Basic Schools, which have about 1,000 students. It also built a stand-alone toilet for the Educare Early Childhood Development Center, which serves about 54 children.

Baringo Asali

Baringo Asali aims to increase the revenue generated from honey production by marginalized communities in Baringo County of Kenya through the application of modern beekeeping techniques, local community skill training, established networks of buyers, and partnerships with local and international apiaries. Recently, the venture purchased and set up 10 modern beehives in its target community, and it has trained 15 people total in modern beekeeping practices.

Aeo

In summer 2017, Xiaoyue Gong founded Aeo to safeguard the health of Chinese urban residents against ubiquitous particulate air pollution by raising awareness of invisible indoor air pollution and empowering people to take informed actions to protect themselves. Aeo wearable air quality sensors not only inform people of the air quality of their exact location but also document their cumulative daily exposure to particulate air pollution. The huge amount of data collected will be crowdsourced into an Aeo mobile app that provides information and access to cleaner air to a much larger population.

Team Gyan

Suman Kumar & Avishek Chetri are co-founding Team Gyan in Nuwakot, Nepal to rebuild schools destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Students from the first school they will rebuild have been taught under temporary shelters; they will use a ‘Portal Shelter’ modular design that will allow for rapid deployment, use of local materials, safer and earthquake-resistant construction to provide a safer and more lasting solution throughout Nepal. Recently, the venture has provided one school structure to enable 25 primary school children to get back to school and study in a safe environment.

Avishek Sanjel Chhetri

Born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal, Avishek has grown to realize the health disparity that exists globally in terms of quality healthcare services. Avishek is driven by his passion to bring change to the healthcare sector of Nepal. Avishek is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester studying Biochemistry and International Relations. He plans to pursue an MD-MPH and work with rural communities in Nepal. He co-founded Team Gyan to rebuild schools that were destroyed during the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Suman Kumar

Suman is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Rochester in New York, pursuing a major in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business. He has engineering experience and has worked on several engineering projects in Nepal, including an earthquake relief project that provided shelters for approximately 26,000 earthquake victims. He previously ran a successful fabrication business where he dealt with several international organizations, including the United Nations.

Coconut Project

Ekky Hardiyanto and Hanifah Hasuri, are the founders of the Coconut Project in Indonesia, a social venture that will create light concrete utilizing discarded coconut husks. Their efforts will increase income for coconut sellers, while also decreasing the harmful effects that cement making has on the environment.

Ubuntu Design Group

In 2015, Wandile founded the Ubuntu Design Group to provide sustainable improvements in the living and community conditions of shantytown residents in Durban. Using local materials and labor as well as community sweat equity, Wandile and his team are building half-houses that leave room for further creative construction. The half-house will create a sense of community pride and ownership, while teaching the community about the importance and power of environmental sustainability.

Wandile Mthiyane

Wandile’s academic achievement earned him a full tuition scholarship to pursue Architecture at Andrews University, where he currently serves as the President of AIAS at the Andrews School of Architecture. Realizing that Architecture is one way to partner with communities in creating a better reality, Wandile co-founded Ubuntu Design Group, an initiative that allowed him to attend the 2015 One Young World summit.

Roots of Renewal

Roots of Renewal is a community development non profit working in New Orleans to break cycles of poverty and crime. The organization employs formerly incarcerated young men to renovate blighted properties in Central City, one of the most dangerous and impoverished communities in the city. While working on the property, the program participants receive hands-on job training from experienced contractors, carpenters, and other construction specialists.

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