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About Within Arms Reach

“Transforming lives around the world through the power of Design and Education”

Within Arms Reach is a 501C(3) nonprofit design organization dedicated to bringing design services and education to communities in need.

OUR MISSION

Within Arms Reach offers design services to communities and individuals who are in desperate need by providing them with sustainable buildings and educational resources. Using the power of design, we bring construction and development services to people around the world to transform lives. Our goal is to work diligently to make sure our design services are within arms reach of those who are in need.

WHAT WE DO

Our team consists of designers, architects, contractors, business professionals, media professionals, volunteers, and countless other supporters coming together to improve the quality of life for all humanity.  In order to accomplish our mission, we partner with nonprofits, local contractors, professionals and volunteers from around the world.  We use the power of design to transform lives by constructing schools and homes while building sustainable communities that will endure for a lifetime.

We understand that sustainable design goes beyond the use of materials or having the latest technology implemented in a building. A well thought out design means making sure that our actions and decisions today will expand the opportunities and resources of the communities we serve for generations to come.  We believe creative professionals have a responsibility to effect positive social change in the world. We are therefore committed to promoting a humanitarian vision through our sustainable design and educational programs.

WHY EDUCATION

We believe education arms today’s youth and future generation with the skills they need to improve their own communities.  It frees them from the thought of being powerless and empowers the children to shape their futures.   There is an enormous need for education around the world, and we believe design can be a catalyst for that change.

History

BRIEF BACKGROUND

The organization stemmed from two personal humanitarian trips to Burma (Myanmar) that provided relief for Cyclone Nargis victims. Cyclone Nargis was a strong tropical cyclone that caused the worst natural disaster in the recorded history of Myanmar.  It struck on May 2, 2008, killed at least 138,000 people, and left over 1.5 million homeless.  Damage was estimated to be over US $10 billion dollars.

Witnessing the harsh living conditions and devastation in Burma, we decided to use the power of design to benefit others who are in need.  The experiences from the trips and passion for helping people led to the foundation of “Within Arms Reach” in March of 2010.

BURMA (MYANMAR) Trips

During the two trips to Burma, Within Arms Reach was able to provide several services to the Cyclone Nargis victims. We:

  • Built several homes for the victimized families in the Delta district.
  • Successfully dug three water wells in order to provide clean water for the community.
  • Built a clinic in the center of the town to provide a centralized location for first-aid care.
  • Distributed food, clothing, and medicine to the orphan temple and the community.

The trips were a success due to all the prayers and generous support that we received from our families, friends, churches, entertainment community, Burmese community, and the design community.

Our Services

We provide a range of building and design services to the communities, partners, and clients around the world.

* Education & Sustainable programs
* Schools & Orphanages
* Homes & Shelters
* Community Centers
* Products & Supplies

HOW WE OFFER OUR SERVICES

. Creating job opportunities by hiring local builders and contractors

. Provide professional skills and resources in order to help them sustain and be effective in their own communities

. Give the community a ‘pride of ownership’ of the building by having them participate along the process

. Partner with local organizations and the community to accomplish our mission

. Field/Site study to understand the client’s needs, culture, geography, local resources, etc.

. Design and implement education programs and school curriculum according to the client’s needs

* Please contact Within Arms Reach to request our design services

Within Arms Reach is made up of enthusiastic individuals giving their time, energy, love, and life away to make a difference in the world.

We always operate on a firm budget, with very few staff and hundreds of resilient volunteers. Our primary budgets are simply designed to fund the projects.
       
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