The rainy season is upon us, finally after a very long very dry summer. But with the cool rains comes the floods waters. This sadly has become the new normal. Living in the lower part of the City of Antipolo Eastern Philippines, it has become difficult to navigate the area without rain boots and sometimes I wish for a boat to get home because I have to go through the flood waters of the other cities to get home.
I first set eyes on the H2O Salamander while watching the news.I thought it was the perfect little vehicle for the flood prone areas of the Philippines.
What is the H2O SALAMANDER?
It is an amphibious multi-utility vehicle , The H2O people described it as a tricycle type vehicle. H2O Technologies, a cutting-edge Filipino innovation and technology company has developed the H2O Salamander. It is an amphibious multi-utility vehicle that can safely run on both land and water, yes even in flood waters. t’s a potential game changer in terms of responding to typhoon-related disasters and mitigating the effects of severe flooding, especially in highly urbanized areas. The vehicle can be utilize to ensure continuity to provide basic services needed by people in every flood prone barangays. The H2O Salamander can carry up to 6 passengers (driver included) and comes in electricity (ore environment friendly) and gasoline powered versions.
H2O Technologies is partnering with the single biggest non-government organization (NGO) that helps the Philippine government in dealing natural calamities like typhoons and massive flooding – the Philippine Red Cross. The Red Cross provides critical disaster management services to local government units (LGU) severely affected by natural calamities like floods through its disaster relief activities like rescue operations, among others. H2O is partnering with the Philippine Red Cross in helping local government units manage natural calamities better by donating 500 units of the H2O Salamander.
Want to know how to help out? Read on!
Customs and Head designer of H20 Salamander project Atoy Llave talks about the crowd sourcing campaign for Red Cross video credit to Manila Motoring.
For this worthy campaign to be successful, they need to raise the amount of US$4.3 million. To do this, H2O technologies will have a 60-day crowd source funding campaign via www.startsomegood.com, a crowd-funding platform for social enterprises, nonprofit projects and change makers. The campaign will give social change supporters the opportunity to donate $10, $50, $100, $150 and $2,500 in this crowd funding campaign.
Aside from the opportunity to help the Philippine Red Cross assist the Philippine LGUs in dealing with and managing floods and other typhoon-related calamities much better.
The crowd source funding campaign will run from 27 June 2016 to 26 August 2016.
Climate Change is here and it is a given. While we can no longer do anything about it, we can – as people – learn to manage it well. But in order to do this, changes need to be made. In particular, changes in the way we respond to natural calamities like flooding. These changes can come – and will come -with each individual`s help, you can take part in bringing a significant change that can help countless number of people’s lives during natural calamities, particularly severe flooding in the Philippines.
Donate and take part in the change.
Until next time!