Resilient Schools and Youth

GeoHazards International’s experience in school disaster resilience extends back to our first project in Quito, Ecuador, which began in 1992. Since then, we have worked in more than a dozen countries, plus the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). 

Our work spans safe schools policy, vulnerability assessment of school buildings, retrofit design and construction, mitigation of potential falling objects, and emergency planning. Our programs have trained students, educators and parents. We also empower youth to become leaders in their community’s resilience.


Our Videos 


"In the 1988 Nepal earthquake, the destruction of 14,000 classrooms was significant, but more so was the fact that 300,000 children couldn’t go to school for years afterwards. When an earthquake destroys schools, it takes away the children’s future —and with it, the future of the country itself."

Former Senior Human Settlements Advisor, United Nations Center for Human Settlements (HABITAT)

Madhab Mathema



Timoun An Aksyon (Kids in Action)

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

In their own voice and style, youth share new knowledge about extreme earthquake and coastal risks and how to take action for disaster resilience. 

Producing Affordable Earthquake Desks


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

Disaster Scenarios Inform Action to Prepare

West Nepal

Scenarios of a plausible earthquake quantify impacts, including more than 50% of schools damaged, and guide communities to reduce extreme risk before a disaster.








"I am the guardian of 1,000 children in a fifty-year old, two-story brick school that has not, unfortunately, been adequately maintained. Ten years ago, a distant, moderate earthquake produced a crack in my classroom’s wall so large that my students and I could see the garden outside. Since then, I have known what would happen to my school—and my children—in a large earthquake, unless we prepare."

Director, Kanya Mandir Secondary School, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sanu Kumari Nepal

Blog Posts


"I’ve stood in Armenia on a spot where a school had stood just a week before—and 600 children’s lives were lost. This experience drove home the need to blend the human dimension with the traditional economic view. In working with GHI, I have the opportunity to save tens of thousands of lives."

Former Executive Director, California Seismic Safety Commission

L. Thomas Tobin



GeoHazards International

687 Bay Road, Menlo Park,

California 94025, USA

(650) 614-9050

We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization



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