Resilient Communities
About

As extreme weather events, conflicts, and other risks abound today, building resilient communities is of great importance. Survivability of structures, disaster response frameworks, and preparedness are all crucial elements of ensuring safety for people around the world.

As extreme weather events, conflicts, and other risks abound today, building resilient communities is of great importance. Survivability of structures, disaster response frameworks, and preparedness are all crucial elements of ensuring safety for people around the world.

Sisterwork

Luisa Reyes is launching Sisterwork in New Jersey to inspire young women's leadership in her community. Utilizing design-thinking, creative expression, and social-emotional learning, Sisterwork will help young women engage with their communities to discover new possibilities, connect with role models, and gain early-career experiences.

Luisa Reyes

Luisa Sophia Reyes is a Davis Scholar majoring in Economics at Wellesley College. She is the Founder of Sisterwork, a young women’s leadership and career development program to empower economic mobility in New Brunswick, NJ. She brings experience in start-up business development, non-profit program coordination, and development of new initiatives to support her work and team at Sisterwork. She draws inspiration from her life experiences, community and passion to create tools, spaces and stronger systems that empower women and youth.

The Agenda Project

Joyce and Mina are from Ghana, where Mina grew up an orphan. They set out to ensure that orphans, who fare very poorly in Ghana’s school system, get better services. They will bring together mental health services, social workers, tuition assistance and other services into a holistic package for middle school and high school orphans in Accra.

The Cacao Project

The Cacao Project is an initiative which provides participating farmers of San Fernando with cacao seedlings (a long-term, resilient crop which provides them with a considerable income after three years and will be productive for up to 20-25 years), and short term crops such as bok choy, okra, and pumpkins (which will be productive after 19-30 days) to intercrop with the cacao. The produce is sold to the Cacao Project Organization, which then sells it to international buyers. Farmers are paid a fair wage and better positioned for sustainable success.

Babur Jahid

Born and raised in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan, Babur is an award-winning social entrepreneur based in Ottawa, currently completing his honors bachelors degree in Biology with a concentration in Health Sciences at Carleton University. He has many years of experience in non-profit work and has coordinated numerous charity events not only in Afghanistan and in the United States, but also in Canada.

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.

Journey Crowdfunding

Charles Zhang founded Journey Crowdfunding, a social crowdfunding platform based in Sydney, Australia. Journey Crowdfunding—in partnership with shelters and other partner organizations—will share the stories of the homeless and disadvantaged, and raise funds for self-advancement initiatives like occupational training and educational programs. By crowdfunding these "journeys," community donors will help these individuals achieve important milestones and move toward breaking the cycle of poverty. 

Charlie Zhang

Charles is a student at the University of Sydney in Australia studying a Bachelor of Commerce. Charles spent a semester abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands where he developed an avid curiosity for social enterprise. Upon returning to Sydney, he and two colleagues went on to develop Journey Crowdfunding, a social crowdfunding platform that aims to champion the disadvantaged and vulnerable by helping them fund specific self-advancement items.

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