“As a successful architect, Mr Prasoon Kumar has designed more than 10,000 homes around the world [in] 10 years, from India and Hong Kong to the Philippines and the United States,” begins an article on the Billion Bricks Foundation. The Singapore-based nonprofit was born out of the 37-year-old architect’s frustration with designing homes for people who already had them while the disparity in housing for people living in slums and on the streets remained unchanged. “Mumbai has about 10 million people living in slums. If we were to rehabilitate them in conventional housing, the amount of resources it requires not only to build, but to maintain the homes, and to service them with electricity and water, is humongous,” said Kumar. Billion Bricks recently won $5,000 in seed funding during a social entrepreneur boot camp and the team is establishing partnerships with NGOs to build and scale projects.
billionBRICKS aims to end the global problem of homelessness by housing those on the streets, and, where possible, providing them tools such as education, job training and job opportunities.