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Emergence at Work

The Community Builders network is a group of humanitarian organization operating in Canada, Haiti, Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. Currently, Community Builders has sixteen partnered organizations in seven countries using five different primary languages. To date, 200,000 beneficiaries have received self-sustaining support from Community builders in the areas of housing, small business development, medial aid and sustainable agriculture.

Community Builders was founded in 1983 and has a mission is to support communities of extreme poverty in their quest to find natural pathways to wellness and self-sufficiency. Community Builders values respect for all persons, sustainability, open learning and emergence and has a vision to increase its efforts globally, keeping its distinctive decentralized structure.

Community Builders utilizes a bottom-up development approach and applies a sociological modeling of emergence in its activities. Emergence is the phenomenon which explains the self-organization of groups through random interactions, feedback loops and pattern recognition. Community Builders supports social environments which allow participants to use heuristic methods (discovery through trial and error) to achieve their goals.

The administrative office of Community Builders is located at Canada Place in Vancouver and serves partnered organizations in Canada and internationally. Community Builders is the beneficiary of pro bono services offered by a network of entrepreneurs, community professionals and experienced volunteers. Capital funds for new self-sustaining efforts are provided by benevolent investors and by partnering enterprising non-profit businesses.

Community Builders has an open philosophy for growth and development and welcomes applications from community-minded groups in any country who are committed to helping persons of extreme poverty through bottom-up and self-sufficient methods

 

 

 
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Community Investing Brochure CIB
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WholeLife Housing Brochure

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Development Brochure
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Operational Report
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  Whole Life Housing
Community Builders' Whole Life Housing (WLH) initiative is a safe and supportive in-house wellness program supporting tenants in four Vancouver single-room occupancy (SRO) centres. Community Builders currently houses 336 low income persons in the Jubilee, Dodson, Powell, Vogue, Yale and 3475..
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International Development
 

cbidSince 1992, Community Builders International Development (CBID) has successfully completed community-based projects in DR Congo, El Salvador, Haiti, Kenya, Zambia and Tanzania. CBID uses an efficient and decentralized approach to community development in targets areas of extreme poverty. Local partners work with community leaders to develop sustainable medical, agricultural and economic supports. Local partners are community-based organizations (CBOs) and hire experienced community developers, accountants, agriculturalists, medical personnel, micro credit specialists and clean water specialists to support neighbourhood leaders in the target areas.
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pcds

Parent and Child Development Services (PCDS) is a Community Builders sponsored endeavor which supports at-risk children and parents in Greater Vancouver with housing and independent living assistance. PCDS is cost-effective and privately funded. The initiative provides an alternative to government-funded support services for parents and children.

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