Architects and Designers Against Poverty
rise IS BOND'S CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY PARTNER, WORKING TOWARDS AN AFRICA WHERE VULNERABLE YOUTHS TRANSFORM FROM JOB SEEKERS TO JOB CREATORS.
rise is a non-profit social enterprise, registered as a 501(c)(3), currently working in a landlocked country in Southern Africa called Lesotho, one of the world’s poorest countries with half of its 2 million population living below the poverty line of less than $2 a day. Lesotho also falls in the lowest percentile in the Human Development Index as 165 out of 189 countries and territories.
After 7 years of working in Southern & Eastern Africa, having experienced how under-resourced local entrepreneurs are in sub-Saharan Africa, Daniela Gusman, rise’s Founder, teamed with Oliver Needs, BOND Events’ President, to establish rise in 2016.
BOND’s Architect and Designer Network is Supporting Communities
Through their professional network of architects and designers, rise works to reduce poverty by supporting entrepreneurship through business incubation, learning by doing and community development.
Thus far rise has a 93% success rate of turning job seekers into successful job creators through a learning-by-doing in loco fellowship program. rise provides the much-needed infrastructure to vulnerable communities which includes: a center for children with Autism and intellectual disabilities, a residency for orphaned adolescents, a fully inclusive headquarters offices for a non-profit advocating for people with disabilities, boreholes, school kitchens and school toilets with running water and many more.
BOND Events believes in rise’s work and is proud to be their partner. We encourage others from the architecture and design communities to do the same.
For more information and to get involved, visit riseint.org/donate/