South Asia Research Institute for Policy and Development, SARID, is a tax exempt 501c3 non-profit US based corporation [EIN: 55-0829216], dedicated to identifying and promoting ideas that can help developing countries.
SARID is currently focusing on teaching building (construction) strategies to the poor and economically marginalized. SARID is also exploring ways to provide safe and clean water to communities; promoting rainwater harvesting practices; encouraging recycling of grey water for irrigating farms; and identifying ways to recycle black water with the help of bio-digesters and other technologies.SARID in the past has worked in Pakistan, Bangladesh, USA and Haiti and is currently working in Lesotho.
In 2015 SARID succesfully built a very low energy elderly home in Lesotho, that utilizes solar PV for electricity as well as heats the home with solar hot water heaters.
Javed Sultan our chief architect/ engineer and the executive director has also been working for third parties on projects in the New Orleans area, coming up with flood resistant affordable housing strategies. One project was succesfully completed in 2015 in an economically distressed area.
SARID in 2012 decided to go global and not limit itself to South Asia. SARID's building practices promote self-reliance, sustainibility, and utilize and leverage the local cottage industries. SARID has identified practices/ methodologies that are less dependent on fossil fuels and use more of a country's under-utilized and/or unemployed labor force - with a focus on the construction industry and building practices.
All buildings designed by SARID are done by licensed architects and engineers - conforming to building codes of the host country.
SARID is hopeful that its building technologies will allow people, and poorer countries, to build homes as well as commercial buildings, at significantly less price than what is possible now. Homes and institutions will be more energy efficient, seismic and fire resistant, have a smaller carbon footprint, will contribute less to global warming, and will stimulate the economy and may be able to export value added construction goods and services to other countries. All these design advantages are due to better engineering design and extensive Research and Development (R&D) effort by SARID.
SARID, through research, training and small to intermediate scale projects, aims to:
Provide technology and building strategies for affordable, owner driven, sustainable shelter for people living in developing countries
Identify strategies for providing clean water to poorer communities
Identify, promote and
support appropriate, environmentally sound, humane economic development
strategies Globally through research, training and small-
to intermediate-scale projects
technologies and processes, so as to increase the use of indigenous
resources and stimulate the internal economies
cooperation, respect and peace in the region by exchanging views,
knowledge and ideas by means of articles, papers, seminars and interfaith
SARID is also engaged in web based knowledge dissemination strategies.
of Advisors and Directors
Javed Sultan, Executive Director
Kathleen Sultan, Director
Dr. Janaki Blum
Dr. Philipia Hillman
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