For every force that acts on an object, there is a force of equal magnitude but in opposite direction.
Sir Isaac Newton
Natural disasters and catastrophic events are perpetually around the corner. Unpredictable in esscence, nevertheless, a constant of Nature; these occurences have the power to elicit a humanitarian relief response that equals the magnitude of the event. Think hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake, Indonesia’s tsunami. The world stops and people around the world engage in tremendous efforts to reach out to those affected. When guided, this massive amount of collaborative energy has the potential to serve as a launching pad, a fresh start, a never ending source of motivational drive for those who experienced it.
How Do We Do It?
Catastrophes subdue people to their most vulnerable state. Through a volunteering methodology that is inclusive to all skill sets and ensures impact by measuring KPI’s, each catastrophe serves as a learning experience and catastrophes can be transformed into a prosperity driver for those affected by it.
Catastrophes are complex and each one and poses unique problems. Determining how volunteers can help best is a crucial step to ensure maximum benefit for those affected.
Once problems have been identified and prioritized, volunteer opportunities are created. Allowing volunteers to help by solving problems related to their areas of expertise maximizes benefit for those affected.
Collecting data enables us to objectively measure the impact of each activity, and offers insights as to what works and what doesn’t. Volunteers collect data using simple tools designed specifically for each catastrophe.
Catastrophes are recurring events. Analyzing data allows us to improve our response for the next catastrophe by generating manuals on what worked and save time and effort by learning about what didn’t work.
Volcan de Fuego 2018
On Sunday, June 3rd at around 3:00 p.m. the Fuego volcano erupted, sending 30 million cubic meters of a deadly mixture of lava, water and mud with into the nearby villages.
With over 170 casualties and 4,000 displaced people as a result of the eruption, there is still a great need for help. We’re currently recruiting volunteers to visit shelters and become part of the victim’s recovery process.