People's Choice 2014  Finalist

Khusela

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South Africa

Khusela, which means “protect”, has developed a low-cost fire detection device and integrated alert service designed for shack-dwellers worldwide. Our proactive early-warning system networks individuals within communities and with the authorities to mitigate the loss of life and property caused by shack fires – a global human tragedy. There are 1 billion shack/slum-dwellers across the globe that is set to soar to 1.4 billion by 2020. This rate of urbanization will exacerbate the difficult conditions in areas where fire risk is a daily anxiety that has a direct impact on financial security, safety, and well-being. The impact of shack fires has an adverse effect on economies and are, as such, a development challenge that needs to be addressed