Our goal is to transform how the global community participates in the relief and development process following a humanitarian crisis.
PHASE 1 – IMMEDIATE RELIEF
In the wake of a catastrophe every person has a unique hierarchy of urgent needs and a unique relationship with the outside world. A woman with starving children and a elderly man with diabetes have a drastically different concept of ‘relief’ while both are in immanent danger of death. Some families have relatives outside of the disaster zone with ample financial resources while others have no one to call on for help.
TransformRelief.org is a tool for engineering highly-specific relief efforts that are in tune with the immediate needs of a given community following a disaster. We have also established, and will continue to develop, a step-by-step process which uses current best practices in social media, micro-funding, leadership and volunteer mobilization to increase quality and effectiveness of relief.
PHASE 2 – RESILIENT REHABILITATION
Imagine that a village builds a community center outfitted with solar panels, computer lab and satellite internet, designed to simultaneously bring neighbors together and connect them with the modern world, while doubling as evacuation center and shelter in the wake of a disaster. Or a community that, long intrenched in a single, fledgling industry, is able to diversify the output of it’s economy following a disaster to include sustainable energy production and agricultural practices, thereby dramatically increasing it’s ability to be self reliant and decreasing it’s environmental impact.
Once the immediate needs of a disaster zone have been met and situation has stabilized, the rehabilitation process begins. We believe this provides a community, particularly in so-called ‘developing’ countries, with a unique opportunity to to re-create their environment strategically. Using funds already allocated to the rehabilitation process, advanced hydro-electric, geothermal, wind and solar energy technologies, and the will of the people to do more than simply rebuild, we believe we can be instrumental in cultivating a more resilient human population beginning with those who need it most.