This is just a quick update from the field to let you know about recent developments in our project. During December and January, we were busy producing the educational materials to be used at the schools and communities, defining our intervention plan and meeting with local authorities in order to coordinate activities. On Friday, February 22, the coordination workshop with the local population took place (see picture), which also was the official launch of the project. We explained the goals of the project and what kind of interventions we are planning to implement in order to strengthen local capacities to respond to emergency situations. Participants - representatives from the project communities - were very interested to find out more about these novel methods and technologies.
We witnessed how fast news spread, even in places where coverage with cellular phones is intermittent at best. Apart from the communities where our project will take place, representatives from five more communities came to the workshop and required to be part of the project. As our resources are limited and we want to implement a well-controlled pilot trial, we offered these communities a full-day training session and support to establish and train local Emergency Brigades (groups of volunteers who are in charge of developing emergency plans and coordinate activities in the case of an emergency). Three such trainings already took place (in Tijrasca, Mollini and Llallaguani) and were met with great interest on behalf of the local population. We are now discussing with local authorities how to respond to additional demand for trainings and information sessions.
Apart from progress in the field, we also would like to inform you about a special donation opportunity: On March 13th, all donations will be matched by additional 30% by the Global Giving Foundation. That means that if you donate $100 that day, $130 will actually go to the project (any amount up to $1,000 will be matched). Matching will begin at 9:00 am EDT (this time in your city) and matching will last until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT. If you consider making a donation to our project (or any other on www.globalgiving.org), please make use of this special opportunity. For no extra effort, you will get 30% more impact out of your donation.
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Best regards from the whole project team,
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