November 10, 2011 · Behind The Scenes

Campaign Profiles: Disasters and the Communities That Support


Campaign Disasters

A recent flood on October 25 in the town of Monterosso al Mare took the lives of nine people, devastating a small community located in Cinque Terre, Italy.  Francesco Campari, a resident of New York, originally from this town, heard of the catastrophe and quickly jumped at the opportunity to raise at least $5,000 to personally hand to the Mayor himself.  Over $30 million of damages have stricken the streets and schools, affecting the lives of the local population.  In the efforts to generate support these past days, Francesco has continuously been active to provide at least a short term hope for the future of the town.

Here we uncover five campaigns on IndieGoGo currently raising to re-build a community:

FILM – The Future of Japanese Children
Location: Tokyo, Japan

Story: The aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant remains dire. Amidst the 300,000 children living in proximity, students from the local school are eager to participate in this TV show to raise awareness of it’s dangerous effects and create action to improve conditions.

COMMUNITY – The cARTwheel Initiative
Location: New York, USA

Story: A group of city artists want to bring the power of the arts to the North-east of Sri Lanka to inspire children dealing with the effects of conflict and disaster.

COMMUNITY –  Fire on Spain Street
Location: New Orleans, USA

Story: A fire broke out in a building containing five apartments leaving seven people homeless.  With the upcoming holidays and cold weather ahead, a collective of neighbors have pooled together to raise for clothing and food.

ENVIRONMENT – Hurricane Irene Relief
Location: New Jersey, USA

Story: A 68 year old woman’s home has been affected by the hurricane’s damage to her area with water ruining the full state of her home, furniture, basement and floors.

New York, USA

Story:  LuminAID Lab has created a solar-rechargeable, inflatable lamp that can be packed flat, is lightweight and waterproof.  Providing up to six hours of LED light, this innovative product is ideal for disaster relief situations.