Wiring Aid

At the time when all hell broke loose, getting or giving information became a nightmare. Coordinating help became another catastrophe. At the time when all hell broke loose, getting or giving information became a nightmare. Coordinating help became another catastrophe. So instead of stuffing bags with relief supplies kindly donated by Sri Lankan and the world and sending it to all the work places, a group of IT professionals put their core competencies to work.

Five sleepless days later, a team of programmes and other IT experts pieced together a set of internet enabled tools for disaster relief coordination. Now they are taking it to the next level.

“The efforts to build software to help deal with the relief operations were started because we felt it would help the situation and because there did not appear to be anything around,” Sanjiva Weerawarana, the initiator of the project says.

Sanjiva says an initial meeting with the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) found the need to better coordinate the relief efforts of the roughly 13,000 NGOs that are operating in Sri Lanka.

Starting from scratch, some 60 IT