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Hi Vidhya! I think this is a fascinating project and approach, We too are constantly challenged by Puerto Rico's philanthropic landscape or lack thereof. One of our long-term goals is to disrupt or challenge who funds are distributed post a disaster hence our efforts to provide micro-grants to give directly to community leaders for implementation of a social impact project of their choice. Take a look at our work and model (phase 5 and 6 is where the community grants are distributed) and let us know if you have any ideas on how to evolve the model. https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/improve/imaginacion-post-maria-designing-justice-after-disaster. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Hi Dominican Sisters of Peace New Orleans Peace Center ! Thank you for your words. We believe in collaboration across the board. Some of these communities have been at the forefront of community organizing on the island for decades. Our goal is to support and walk alongside of them as they look to funnel resources and activate their talents once a disaster strikes. Our model allows us to find ways to use the disaster as a teaching moment. Please do stay connected and follow our work. Visit our site for more info www.lamarana.org.
Hi Azra! This is such a necessary and important project. We are inspired! We integrate mapping into our participatory design processes as well and work closely with communities in Puerto Rico to digitalize assets and vulnerabilities in their region. Without this documentation, it is difficult to asses needs after a disaster/ cater to populations most in need. We hope this can support easier activation/response should another disaster impact the island. Nonetheless, we want to make sure that the mapping turns into a resource that will be used well before a disaster strikes. How are you going to ensure that the health providers use the applications and information on ongoing bases? Part of what we don't want to happen is for the information and talents in the communities to be activated only when in disaster mode so we are constantly thinking about what will motivate our collaborators to see this information as theirs to use..
Check out our proposal and let us know what you think too: https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/bridgebuilder2/review/imaginacion-post-maria-designing-justice-after-disaster