Hello Vicky, thanks for your comment. Since we are a non profit, non governmental organization we will provide the boxes for free. Providing training to the communities is a crucial part of the project. A comprehensive training program will ensure sutstainablility once the boxes are with the communities. We are already working with a big pool of volunteers specialized in the technical and medical field. These people already provided medical trainings in Syria with CADUS and are happy to extend this effort to other areas.
Hi Janet, indeed, our aim is to adapt this idea to other contexts. On the one hand the box system can be used in order to strengthen a community's emergency services but also its disaster preparedness. It is interesting that you mention Haiti. Actually, the first idea for the box system came from one team member. He was deployed with a big NGO in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. He was really unhappy with the work on the ground and the missing inovation within the humanitarian sector. This is one of the reasons why CADUS exists. The Emergency Boxes can also funtion as a opportunity to bring equipment which is needed directly after a disaster rapidly into these area. For example, with water filtration and hydraulic rescue. This equipment can also be brought into the region via airdrop after a catastrophe. Yes, we will work alongside Nepal Communitere to build relations to local partners who run helicopters. In cooperation with them we can start to build and equip the specific box system in accordance with the local capacity and bring them to the respective community. Additionally, we will send trainers to secure capacity building on the ground.
Hello Bikash, that are some great and important questions. What is new with this proposal right now is the partnering with Nepal communitere. Up until now our pilot project was developed in Berlin in cooperation with a student specialized in product design. We developed a modular concept and a design which allows us to not only use the equipment inside the boxes but also the boxes itself for different purposes, such as a carrier for energy supply. In this way, the boxes itself become part of the whole concept and can be used in a sustainable manner. What we do now is to develop - in cooperation with Nepal communitere - the equipment of the boxes needed in the region and a fitting training concept. Additionally, we are evaluating the material the boxes itself are made of and how we can use them besides the included equipment. What material is accessible, in order to make it repairable. What are the biggest needs in the community in order to establish a sustainable emergency system. For example, is additional energy or water supply needed that can be provided within the boxes itself. By doing this we want to stress out the connection between prosperity and planet. Our aim is to strengthen resilience among all communities in a sustainable way while simultaneously creating more equality and therefore prosperity. The OpenIDEO platform gives us the chance to get in contact to different people from different background and collect more innovative ideas to strengthen emergency services and civil protection facing different challenges. Defining concrete problems and working on solutions will help facing these challenges. In order to implement the Airdrop, we have to adapt the capacities in the different regions. During our pilot phase we are using sport aircrafts. This type of aircrafts is most common all over the world and can use on small and remote airports. For Nepal we discussed the use of helicopters because this type of aircraft is easy accessible and can be applied to the natural conditions such as high mountains.