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    Low income families build houses in cyclone prone areas

    from Mumbai, Maharashtra


Goodliving.Eco Foundation is a social and climate action - non profit initiative - that builds climate resilient and green housing for low income groups.

Hi Guys. I am Atul Raman, head of planning and operations at Goodliving.Eco. I am working with a team of spirited TISS Alumni and renowned architects in order to bring sustainable housing, living and livelihoods. We seek to make it accessible to the ones most affected by climate disasters, the ones living in huts, the ones without basic toilets, the ones in rural areas. Please support this initiative. We are one of the few in this space striving to integrate housing alongwith housing related themes of toilets, water harvesting and management, solar energy for the poor, waste management and kitchen garden.

When such marginalized communities get affected by disasters, they are left in such dilapidated housing conditions, that they can't sleep without fear of their roofs falling on their heads, they are forced to defecate in the open, the live without sources of energy, without access to clean water and wholesome food.

While recovering from such disasters, communities end up rebuilding using unsustainable methods that leave them vulnerable to climate change for years to come. Thats why we at seek to generate a circular economy of resilience in all these themes that can be made easily accessible by low income and marginalized communities. Below are aspects of vulnerabilities and what we seek to do. Thank you.

We are currently working in villages in and around Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, which are cyclone prone. We realized the intensity only after we started interviewing the communities about their struggles. Here are a few voices from the community -

“During Gaja cyclone, our roof sheets just flew away and water entered our house while we were sleeping.
In the last 20 years, this is 4th house which I have constructed. My house is made of uncooked bricks, it may fall anytime”
 - Valarmadhy (44 year old, widowed woman with a 13 year old son, Edayanchavadi village, Tamil Nadu)

“In the rainy season, we get no sleep. Once when it was raining for the whole month, I couldn't sleep at all. I had to clear out the flooded water in buckets.”
 - Gowri (53 year old grandmother, living with husband and grand daughter, Puttunagar, Puducherry)

These are a few voices that bring out the struggles of communities, but there are a lot more. We intend to help them to build their houses, in a way that their houses will be climate resilient and permanent. We plan to do this with the help of local community partners (women self help groups). Another important aspect that will be incorporated in these houses would be that they would be built using green construction materials (as much as possible) and would use solar panels for electricity.

We are raising these funds to build 9 such houses, in a period of one year.
Goodliving.Eco are a team of architects and social workers who are motivated towards this cause. In addition, our volunteers include disaster management specialists, strategy consultants, social workers and green building experts.

Breakup of expenditure -

1. House Construction (includes the cost of material for all themes, solar installations, masons, labour, architect, local village contractor) - 70%
2. Livelihood of village women community partner (Women from Wellpaper Auroville) - 6%
3. Project Operations and Execution - 9%
4. Social workers - 9%
5. Admin cost - 4%
6. Payment gateway on Milaap - 2%

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