People First Design
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Learn From Locals
Local partners who have extensive experience working with underserved populations allow us to learn faster than we would on our own. Understanding of the community is imperative to our process and allows us to start projects with a strong foundation. (Figuratively and literally.)
People First Design
We begin our community process by learning from those who will be living in the community. Their input, feedback, and experience are vital to building a community that will be transformative for generations to come.
We don’t build one-off homes. Planning what will grow to be a thriving community of 50+ homes means we center our urban planning around schools, play areas, and income opportunities.
Local Workers & Local Materials
By training local labor and buying locally sourced construction materials, New Story not only builds homes and communities, but we stimulate local economies and teach transferable skills in the process.
Our impact data program allows us to learn from every home we build. Gathering data on families through surveys before families move into their home and following-up after home intervention allows us to understand the true impact of a home.
Learn & Iterate
Impact data points are great, but they mean nothing if you don’t learn from them. Using the information gathered, we can make improvements on existing communities and learn how to better serve future families.
Break The Cycle
Homes Unlock Potential
Living in survival mode makes it near impossible to do things like focus in school, earn a steady income, or maintain health. Coming home every night to a tattered tarp tent or a shack with parasitic dirt floors, mud walls, and leaking roofs takes a severe toll on wellbeing. Families that are served by New Story are often concerned about finding the next meal, traveling for water, and making it to the next day or week. Hope and goals are a luxury.
New Story homes and communities provide families with shelter, access to clean water, sanitation, and power. When basic needs are met, families transition out of survival mode and can begin focusing on their new story.
Long Term Solution
We are building homes that are designed to stand the test of time and disaster. New Story communities are equipped with water, power, and basic sanitation services. We ask families what they need in their community so that we create something they plan to grow and thrive in for generations.
For poor families, land ownership helps end the cycle of poverty.
Imagine a young couple saving their minimal earnings to pay for their child’s school fees or to patch their leaking roof. If they are kicked off of the land they squat on, all of their savings go to moving and building a new shack. They are once again on the lowest rungs of poverty. Stories like these, where livelihoods are at the mercy of others, are too common.
Every New Story family owns their home and their land to help end this vicious cycle. Ownership provides stability and a foundation for future generations.
Learning From Locals
We attribute a lot of our success on the ground to our local nonprofit partners who are uniquely positioned to execute in their respective communities. New Story identifies and thoroughly vets organizations that have a proven track record of quality work and a long-term commitment to the populations we serve.
These partners help us acquire land which is an enormous barrier for many home-building organizations, they allow us to develop trust with recipients, and they negotiate fair but competitive rates for labor and materials. Through our partners, we learn in months what it would take years to understand if we tried to enter new communities independently.
Design With The Community
Before We Lay A Brick
We believe that for home and community initiatives to be successful, they must be designed with the input of the people who will be living in them. This is called participatory design. Our “customers” are home recipients and they have an active role in sharing their needs before we build so we can solve real pain points. They also give feedback during the home building process so that we can course-correct and improve as we go.
Build, Learn, Improve
But it doesn’t end there. We use a lean, non-invasive approach to gather qualitative and quantitative data on how families are doing so that we can make real-time adjustments and so that each New Story community is better than the previous.
For Locals, By Locals
Asset Based Development
We believe in asset based development and utilize the talent and resources that already exist in the places we work to execute our mission effectively. From local partners who are uniquely positioned to acquire land and gain the trust of the community to using local labor and materials to stimulate economies – New Story believes that a large part of our success comes from amplifying inherent assets.
Proving Our Work
Whether you donate $5 or fund a full home, every donor gets a video of the exact family they funded when they move into their new home. This not only serves as visual accountability for donors, but is part of our auditing system, ensuring that homes are built and that families are moving in.
A Home Is More Than Four Walls
We’re building our impact program by collecting data on families before and after they move into their home. We use mobile surveys to collect data rather than lengthy paper surveys so we can focus on listening and community building.
Going beyond the number of families and homes, we strive to understand the true impact of a home on education, health and income opportunity. A home is more than four walls and we’re committed to continually improving how we build and our impact on the ground.