Due to the effects of the war and increasing poverty in Myanmar, millions of people have been displaced and are in great need of decent housing.
Housing NOW envisions a new construction process that utilizes an abundant and cheap, small-diameter bamboo species available on the local market, to build low-cost housing in Myanmar. It is a hybrid construction process that includes prefabrication and community-participatory processes. The objective is to provide a new housing solution in a situation of political turmoil.
The pilot project is underway and involves the construction of six housing units.
The first construction of the pilot project is in a Chin-State refugee camp in Hmawbi. The community wants to use this opportunity to build a preschool; the two donated housing units will be combined into a single classroom to accommodate 20 kids.
Housing NOW operates in the housing (refugee/low-cost housing) market led by NGOs and development agencies. eg: UNHCR 2022 budget in Myanmar: $57 million. The solution design makes the implementation quick, cheap, and can simplify administrative procedures. This year, the total number of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in the country rose above 1 million.
Raised money to build six houses that are currently being donated to organizations in charge of housing projects for refugee camps and/or slums in Myanmar. Through this pilot project, Housing NOW aims to start a conversation that will eventually lead to a partnership. Potential partner organizations include:
Medical Action Myanmar (MAM)
Myanmar - UNHCR
Habitat for Humanity Myanmar
Housing NOW seeks:
Exposure through speaking opportunities
Help in getting into architecture events, to represent the under-represented country of Myanmar and showcase this project
Help in scaling up the solution
Expertise in working with bamboo product