As of late August 2020, we organized our efforts and workflow in 3 phases:
- Emergency propping and sheltering of houses, specifically those that are most vulnerable yet requiring costly and time-consuming repairs and restoration. This has been completed.
- Partial repairs and full restoration of units and buildings that are structurally stable, an effort we continue to expand in partnership with an increasing number of local NGOs and private organizations. In addition to fieldwork, BHI is taking a lead in setting contemporary standards of restoration that are attainable and quality-assured, soon to be published in a forthcoming primer.
- Our medium-term vision for urban regeneration is in the process of formulation, aiming to bring together a host of consultants- planners, engineers, and experts in the local economy- to put together a Development Framework that can serve as the basis of any subsequent master planning by the public sector. In parallel, we are part of numerous roundtables and consultative meetings that gather international experts and local academics on various facets of the debate.
Meanwhile, we have started to organically anchor this revitalization by identifying priority clusters to concentrate repairs and restoration works. This is crucial to channel energies and to foster multilateral partnerships, all to maximize the impact of what is being accomplished with scarce resources.
While BHI started organically in the crisis environment of August 2020, it is now expanding with a clear organizational structure, workflow, and timetable. In December, we were among 7 local NGOs to be part of the International Donors Conference convened by Mr. Macron, President of France, and UN Secretary-General.