Design thinking results in a better life for ‘less lucky’ children
The founders and volunteers behind Australian charity raize the roof are passionate about improving the lives of children who are ‘less lucky’ than most. Based in Canberra, Australia, the charity is building a house in their city using volunteer labour and donated materials. Once finished, it will be auctioned off to generate a profit of over $500 000. Half the proceeds of this profit will go towards supporting SOS Children’s Villages in Botswana, while the other half will be donated to a local charity in Australia. Importantly, this isn’t just about donating money to a ‘good cause’, but about intentionally designing a sustainable social investment programme that will make a genuine impact in the lives of the children and caregivers at the end of that process. The biggest question the charity had to ask itself was: how can we provide a relevant and meaningful solution for the children of SOS Children’s Villages? To help them find the answers, the charity is partnering with Aurecon. Together, raize the roof and Aurecon will design innovative solutions for sustainable social reform that will generate the best possible outcome for both the children and the caregivers who work at the village.