Disaster relief is about saving lives and deployment responses are measured in hours and days rather than weeks and months. To have any chance of saving lives a shelter response needs to be pre-positioned for deployment rather than manufactured to order. In doing so product is available in the time frame necessary, providing the immediate assistance necessary in these circumstances.
Why a Business Model
Any solution that is implemented must be careful not to be destructive to other local industries such as businesses providing building materials. One of the UN charters for adequate shelter is that it has access to livelihood and so we don't want to destroy local business. A solution that creates local livelihood, better building practices and busing agent agreements is the ideal goal.
Exta info for 'Benefit community'
Adequate shelter is Safe and Affordable with access to Services and Livelihood. As part of Sheltereach's commitment to livelihood Sheltereach offer a local agents agreement to provide livelihood as part of adequate shelter. When there is a need for housing either due to natural disasters slums or displaced people groups (refugees) an international NGO (who are primarily fund raisers) will want to implement a better housing solution. They will then seek to partner with a local in-country NGO. The local NGO will not necessarily see housing improvement as part of their core activities or have the skills to implement better housing. They will then seek another organisation or local contractors to carry out the project. These parties will not necessarily have the improved housing knowledge and revert to traditional methods, consequently not improve the current situation.
An excellent opportunity arises here for the local aspiring entrepreneur. Sheltereach acknowledges the benefit of creating livelihood while providing solutions that lead to Safe and Affordable housing. They are committed to any generated revenue being channeled back into the local community as well as the community gaining business skills and experience. They acknowledge the place of the local NGO understanding the cultural aspects, challenges and have networks in place. They will be able to implement better measures than an external organisation. In conjunction with the INGO and LNGO will come to an agreements and make use of SR workshops, housing systems and building business training seminars (or if approp licensing agreements). Sheltereach providing the training and business coaching modules, ensuring a regulated quality standard of housing and ethical business practices.
EXTRA INFO FOR 'WHY SHELTER'
Currently the leading house provider has built 1 million houses in 30 years. Two of the key values of Sheltereach are to provide housing that is safe and affordable but also any significant response must be simple, scalable and transferable. Addition adds a house
100 + 100 = adding
Whereas transferable houses that spread across a region multiplies the value making rather 100 x 100 houses. Building principles become learnt and transferred leads to durable houses lasting a lifetime rather than on average currently lasting 3 years.
However if you asked 90% of humanity organisations what their shelter strategy is they will probably tell you of the other services they offer. Consequently 1 in 5 people of the world's population are living with inadequate shelter. A staggering 40 million houses need to be built each day for the next 20 years to catch up so that everyone has a safe space to live.
WHERE TO INCLUDE
It is one thing to build and provide, it is another to empart knowledge that will equip future generations. The Sheltereach team is aware of the importance in demonstrating and providing education on building strong structures. Individuals need to know how they can construct shelter themselves, being able to do this with the material available locally. Learning happens through both modeling as they participate in the building process with Sheltereach and further in-depth teaching. This can also progress further to specific educational programs **
Over half of this 1.7 billion is from urban migration where populations seeks livelihood in the cities, but when they arrive there is no housing to accomodate them, resulting in whole slum suburbs or even slum cities.