It all triggered when Dr. Alvin Marcelo
, a long standing friend and fellow e-Health Researcher, sent me an email asking whether we could activate Sahana to assist them. These where his first words, “How unlucky can we be — in just a matter of weeks, we have another disaster
Since then, Sahana volunteers have put in hundreds of hours setting up the system, doing data import and cleansing, and working with contacts to prepare a system that will be of use. We need to raise money in order to sustain these efforts and to cover the costs we have already committed for hosting and development.
A brief update and summary on our activities to support relief operations for Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and to ask for your assistance.There are two deployments of Sahana Eden
for existing stakeholder organizations and a new one that we are seeking funding to support further.
Second, the Philippine Government Department of Social Welfare and Development use the Sahana
Eden based Relief Goods Inventory & Monitoring System (RGIMS) for humanitarian logistics management. This system is planned to be used heavily and they have requested assistance from SSF to support their operations. We are in discussions with them to understand what resources and funding might be needed to support them, which hopefully will come from WFP, which sponsored development of the RGIMS system, or another donor.
Please share this information with your networks and help us raise money for the great work that we do. We have launched a fund raising campaign on Razoo at http://www.razoo.com/story/Super-Typhoon-Haiyan-Response/ and have also posted this information to Facebook and on Twitter. Please share this information with your networks (like, retweet, etc.) and let them know how important it is to support us. And consider making a small contribution yourself.