Resilient Communities
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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.

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.

Up For Sky

Junyi is addressing the very serious problem in China of children separated from migrant worker parents who must live in the cities to work while their children stay in rural areas and are often virtually abandoned (the “left behind children,” as they are called).  The team has launched a program providing these elementary school children in Sichuan Province with adult mentors who can provide them with emotional support, stability, and a positive role model.

Junyi Fei

Junyi is majoring in Finance and Global Business with a minor in Social entrepreneurship at NYU Stern School of Business. She aspires to become a social entrepreneur and address world’s social issues via mission-driven technology. Her long-lasting desire of supporting left-behind children (whose parents migrate to large cities for higher-salary jobs and left them behind in countryside) in rural China stemmed from her parent’s charity: they adopted a left-behind girl after knowing that her parents died in an accident without leaving her any money.

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.

Green Garbage

Resolution Fellow Carlos Garcia has brought together over twenty students to work on his Venture, Clorofila, or ‘Green Garbage’, creating awareness of recycling in Venezuela.

UNIDAS

Jessica and Mauro Espinoza co-founded ‘Unidas’ in 2009 to empower women who have been victims of gender-based violence in Mexico, Ecuador, and Ghana. To assist in skill development, Unidas piloted a basic curriculum and training program to teach the women financial literacy and business skills needed to plan and operate successful microenterprises and manage household finances.

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