Build Change is a social enterprise with the mission to prevent loss of life and loss of housing caused by disasters. It retrofits existing homes and constructs new ones in places at risk for natural disasters, like Colombia’s capital city of Bogota.
In Colombia, a country where earthquakes are common, 65% to 70% of housing is informal, meaning that it is built outside of building codes and is vulnerable to earthquakes. According to recent data, it is estimated that during the next major earthquake 5.9 million people are at risk of suffering housing damage or loss of life in Bogota.
Since 2014, the Autodesk Foundation has supported Build Change’s work through nearly $2 million in grant funding, facilitated $2.6+ million in Autodesk software donations through Autodesk’s Technology Impact Program, and multiple pro bono projects in service of Build Change’s scaling of safe housing worldwide.