Aceh Aid at IDEP

I blogged about the Aceh Aid Bucket Brigade and some of their technology needs. Since then, I’ve been in touch with some people who are working on this. There might still be some pieces to add to this, so, if you’re interested, don’t hesitate to contact me via the contact link on my blog homepage.

If you’re wondering whether or not this outfit is legit, a perfectly reasonable question, the lead organization is the Yayasan IDEP Foundation in Bali. Here’s an independent news article that discusses the organization’s aims and goals. It also points out that IDEP works with USAID.

I point this out because “Aceh Aid Bucket Brigade” carries a rather ragtag, loosely organized, outfit, and that’s not the case. This is an organization that’s been on the ground in Indonesia for quite some time, has existing disaster relief infrastructure, and has a great deal of practical knowledge about culture and customs in the area.

It seems the group also recognizes this same connotation with “Ace Aid Bucket Brigade,” because they’re now referring to themselves as “Aceh Aid at IDEP.”

If you’re in a position to assist with some of their technology needs, please don’t allow any concerns about the legitimacy of the organization or its effort hold you back.


Comments (2)

  1. Julie Lerman says:

    Rick- thanks for the post. Also, feel free encourage people to hit that pay pal button and just lean on the 0 key after they put a few numbers in the amount box. 🙂

  2. Hi Rick,

    Things are going well, and we’re always in need of good VIrtual Volunteers. It’s an idea whose time has come. We need help with website stuff, list and databases, media contact lists for release distribution, quick advice on technical matters, and so forth.

    One key function, is if we know what VV’s expertise is, we can direct questions to them in keeping with that field of expertise, when problems come up that are related to it.

    We also need people to do web research in their spare time on specific things, locating resources, sites, and names of all the foreign correspondents and stringers out here covering the story and their "angles" or biases.

    And more.

    It is important work, because an NGO like this is not a corporate, slick, spendthrift entity. Donor money needs to go direct to aid. That’s what we’re about. People helping people to help themsleves.



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