Buro Happold partners with CARE International to provide shelter in emergencies across the world

Buro Happold x CARE International UK Partnership

14 March 2024


Global engineering, design and advisory practice, Buro Happold, has partnered with leading humanitarian organisation, CARE International UK, to support its response and emergency shelter work in disaster-affected communities around the world. The partnership will strengthen CARE’s shelter capacity, providing safe, dignified homes to those who are most vulnerable to disasters and the climate emergency.

As well as providing financial support, Buro Happold will share its expertise to strengthen the charity’s emergency response, with the aim of building a lasting ongoing partnership. This partnership means Buro Happold’s charitable giving now totals over £650,000, as the practice pursues its purpose of making a positive difference globally to people, places and planet.

Operating in over 100 countries, CARE responds quickly, at scale, to emergencies that affect the lives of millions of people around the world. CARE works with communities and partners to provide emergency shelter in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, supporting communities to rebuild or repair safer and more resilient homes. The charity’s work has a strong focus on gender equality and supporting women and girls.

Oliver Plunkett, Buro Happold CEO, comments:

"When disaster strikes, providing somewhere safe to live is a crucial part of the humanitarian response. Our teams are always looking for ways to use our skills and resource to help those who need it most, and we’re honoured to support CARE International’s incredible work, aiding those who are most affected by climate injustice.
“Our expertise tackling the most complex engineering and sustainability challenges across the world means we’re well placed to support the charity’s wide-scale emergency shelter work. We look forward to fostering a lasting partnership with CARE, making a meaningful contribution to climate resilience in the poorest areas.”

Helen McEachern, CARE International UK CEO, added:

“We are delighted that Buro Happold has chosen to partner with us. CARE International UK is extremely proud that our emergency response experts provide emergency shelter, water, sanitation, food, and sexual and reproductive health support to those in need in times of crisis. We use approaches that protect people’s dignity, and build resilience and social cohesion in communities before, during and after an emergency. This partnership will ensure that critical emergency response is delivered where it’s needed the most; to vulnerable groups like women and girls who are disproportionately affected by disaster.”

This is the latest in a series of philanthropic endeavours from Buro Happold. The firm already shares its engineering capabilities with community projects across the world, as part of its Share Our Skills scheme, and its ongoing relationship with Bridges to Prosperity has built multiple new footbridges in some of the most isolated communities around the world.

Additionally, The Happold Foundation is a registered charity dedicated to using engineering skills and experience to make a positive impact on people’s lives, and was founded by Ted Happold and Buro Happold’s founding partners.

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