Where We Work

Topka, Nepal

Sustainable & Seismic Resistant School

The assessment was focused in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal. This region was affected more by the second earthquake, or strong aftershock, that occured on May 12th, 2015. It registered a 7.3 magnitude.

We were focused on sustainable, disaster resistant structures in remote areas that had been overlooked by larger  INGO’s due to the lostical struggle of working there.

We completed this assessment in November, 2015 and immediately began raising funds and designing the structure after deciding on a small school to provide shelter for the students of Topka, who were forced to study outside once their school was demolished during the earthquake.

We were set to break ground the first week of January.

We were able to make this happen with the assist of local organizations streamlining the paperwork process. Amazing commitment from our small team of core volunteers and the support and aid of the community.

Our goal was to complete the build in 3 months. The school opened on April 1st, 2016, on schedule.

100% of all donations went directly to the school. All work was carried out by 70+ volunteers that came to work with us.

Read the full story here.

Marsh Harbor, Abaco Islands, Bahamas

Resiliency through Food Security

Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahama Islands, lingering, between August 24th-September 10th, 2019. Decimating the Abaco islands and creating billions of dollars of destruction on Grand Bahama. The death toll has been somewhat controversial as there were many Haitian immigrants in the Abaco’s that were undocumented and not counted. In the first few days the number bounced around quite a bit before landing on a much lower number than was previously stated.

Fast forward a year… at the beginning of October, 2020 electricity finally came back to the Island. Things take time. And we needn’t forget the necessity for support through the rebuilding phase. It has been a year, and there is still much left undone. What we want to create in this phase, are systems that provide resiliency and independence. We want to move away from relief packages of food and towards a sustainable local food system. We want to get people back in homes and businesses back up and running. And there are a number of organizations on the ground to help the residents of the Abaco Islands work towards life with basic needs not just met but with the ability to provide them on their own.

We are in the logistical planning phases of Blue Atlas’s project. We are collaborating with local farms, relief organizations and local organizations to help establish a sustainable market garden and training center near Marsh Harbor in the Abaco Islands. Focusing on Hydroponics and Aquaponics, we will be building the infrastructure for the new systems, along with providing trainings for parties interested.

Our objective is to leave this in able hands to continue the work of dialing in the systems and watching it grow- literally- with our continued support. We will phase out slowly and it will be a sustainable market garden on its own. It is our ambition to assist in supplying DIY kits for those interested in either a home or market garden of their own.

The Blue Atlas team is comprised of three people. Three of us our dedicating time, knowledge and heart to making this happen. All with the gracious support of the Glasscock Family Foundation. And the collective relief and rebuilding work of an number of non-profit organizations. We are going to make this happen.

We have a the majority of our money already raised, but we still need to keep fundraising to meet our goals.

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