Malawi disaster recovery plan aided by Elitetele.com donation
Elitetele.com provides technology to help volunteers collect critical data
17 March 2015 – Extensive damage caused by heavy rainfall last December in South Malawi has resulted in 230,000 people across 15 districts being evacuated to temporary sites. All Hands Volunteers and the Malawi Red Cross need mobile devices to create a system to gather data from camps in a bid to direct much needed aid to the most affected places and Elitetele.com has donated 15 Samsung Android phones to help kick-start the data collection efforts.
Gary Pitts, DART Team member at All Hands Volunteers comments, “The media haven’t reported much about this disaster, so it’s been difficult for aid agencies like us to secure funding. It’s a heart breaking situation and we are in desperate need of support.”
All Hands Volunteers (a US based NGO) and the Malawi Red Cross, working under the UN Shelter cluster, will gather data with the help of technology to allow local enumerators to communicate in real-time back to coordinators, who can liaise with aid agencies to direct relief goods to the people in greatest need.
Matt Newing, CEO, Elitetele.com comments, “The damage caused by the flooding in Malawi is truly devastating and we are happy to provide help to relief efforts by All Hands Volunteers and the Malawi Red Cross. In order to prioritise the delivery of aid, it’s essential to gather and use data effectively. The devices we are providing will we hope help aid the recovery operation.”
About Elitetele.com PLC
At Elitetele.com, our mission is to help businesses grow and improve performance through the powerful provision of bespoke technology and communication solutions. Our vision is to be the communications supplier and employer of choice.
As one of the fastest growing privately owned technology businesses in the UK, we will continue to accelerate our growth by bringing together the best technical minds in the marketplace with unrivalled and innovative unified communications solutions and internet services for businesses.
We are the only unified communications provider to be featured four times in the Sunday Times Tech Track 100, which recognises the fastest growing technology companies in the UK. Elitetele.com is a Swyx Gold Partner, and the first unified communications provider to be presented with Swyx’s International Partner of the Year Award 2013.
We employ over 100 staff members across six offices, including a European arm in Madrid. Customers include, Merlin Entertainments Group, P&O Ferries, American Airlines, Yo! Sushi and one third of the Premier League football clubs.
About All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers is a US-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. We aim to demonstrate the power and value of volunteerism through the tangible work done, the hope it brings to suffering communities and the transformative experiences it provides for volunteers.
About Malawi Red Cross
The Malawi Red Cross Society (MRCS) is a local humanitarian organization which started its operations in 1932 as the Nyasaland Branch of the British Red Cross.
MRCS’ functions are both local and international in character. This is because we are part of the global Red Cross Movement, the world’s largest humanitarian organization whose strength is derived from a wide network of sister national societies in 189 countries. Our activities are guided by the four Geneva conventions and other protocols.