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Mentoring & Training

There is no quick fix to strengthen communities in the face of disasters. Resilience requires people working on many levels - local people who are best placed to lead and implement change. But technical challenges, limited resources, and competing priorities present obstacles to moving forward. 

 

That’s why we invest in training and mentoring across the community spectrum. With new knowledge and capacities to build resilience, these pathfinders will steer lasting impact in their communities. We aim for this:

 

Officials apply risk-informed land use and building regulations.

Engineers strengthen weak buildings and design safer structures.

Universities cultivate experts and advance their technical capabilities.

Medical staff prepare hospitals to function despite disasters.

Educators teach students how to stay safe and plan for education continuity.

Geologists advise and oversee safety measures to control landslides and floods.

Construction workers build using disaster-resilient methods.

Videos

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“My original career plan was to get a Master Degree and leave home for work in an oil company to earn money for my family. But now I don’t want to leave at all because people here need to be aware of how landslides happen. It is really important. And I can help.”

Christopher Lalthazuala

Geology Ph.D. Student in Aizawl, India, who attended intensive Geology Field School organized by GeoHazards International

 

Projects

School Seismic Vulnerability Assessments

Amargadhi, Nepal

Findings indicate the extent of risk to schoolchildren in the typical school building types found in a fast-growing municipality in far west Nepal.

Bhutan National School Earthquake Safety Day

Bhutan

An annual learning event and simultaneous national school drill for all schools in Bhutan, which lies in a high seismic zone.

Seismic Retrofit of Key Delhi Buildings

Delhi, India

Engineers gained on-the-job experience to design and install retrofit solutions for a large school, which cost less than to rebuild and became a model.

Producing Affordable Earthquake Desks

Bhutan

Locally made Earthquake Desks are affordable, withstand heavy loads, and provide safer cover in schools that are not yet earthquake resistant.

Quito Earthquake Risk Management Plan

Quito, Ecuador

Scientists, engineers and planners together developed a likely scenario of earthquake impact to Quito, and based on this local leaders planned programs to mitigate that risk.

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“The media got wind of this technology (earthquake safe construction). People wanted trained masons to build for them. So they would come to my house to offer me work.”

Bal Krishna Kasula

Head Mason on Nepal’s first retrofitted school

 

Blog

“Availability of the top-notch experts-the best in their fields- in GHIs team is very valuable. And these experts are always willing to educate new entrants in the field.”

Anil Pandit

retrofit contractor, Delhi, India

 

Publications