It kind of reminds me of the little train that could.
Ever since I first heard of Global Medic, a tiny disaster relief organization at the time, I have been increasingly impressed by how highly effective,
innovative and ground-breaking their disaster relief services are. Not only can they now provide temporary field hospitals until a more permanent
building can be raised (following a collapse disaster), but they provide medical, nursing, and engineering teams too, all voluntary. It is an
International Disaster Relief Organization comprised of volunteer paramedics, firefighters, police officers, doctors and nurses, and now apparently
engineers and drone pilots are joining their ranks.
They came to my attention a few years ago when they deployed a small team to a disaster area bearing water purification equipment, something I'd not
heard even existed before that. Their work results were impressive. We are now all aware that water becomes contaminated in disasters, but they
demonstrated long ago how crucial it is to purify water and render it safe to drink in stricken areas where it makes an immense difference after a
disaster. Their service was small but timely when they started out.
And now their relief team (they have one based in India too) will also include a drone team from AeryonLabs with a few of their latest models and high
res cameras to survey the damaged areas without the need to put people in further danger. In this way they can assess, relay, and provide planning
assistance which is so crucial to get to areas where roads are blocked by rockslides and landslides.
See video of drones and high tech cameras here
I cannot say enough good things about this growing organization. It has a laudable track record which you can investigate through the links provided
below. As it grows, it still continues to guarantee that 100% of all donations are going to disaster relief.
The founder is a working
paramedic who IMHO will one day be nominated at the Nobel level of awards. He is humble, sincere and unassuming, "just an ordinary guy", I once
heard him say in an interview. However As Global Medic becomes known for its consistently high quality and innovation in disaster relief, people who
complain about high admin costs associated with other charities will begin to send their charitable donations to Global Medic instead, where they know
the money will all be put to good use.
Global Medic is on Twitter.
Link to Global Medic web site.
Articles and interviews about Global Medical in one spot
They have begun to upload videos to YT. You can find their page of videos here
The drones will fly in Nepal on Tuesday. (When there is a disaster in any country, relief organizations including military must be invited in by the
host country.) Thus the DART team has now been deployed and Global Medic will follow.
edit on 27-4-2015 by aboutface because: (no reason given)