In January of 2010 in the wake of the Haitian earthquake disaster that killed thousands of innocent people, a team of young, motivated individuals began working to develop a solution that would provide rapid relief to disaster victims. Our names are Apoorv Sinha, Benjamin Cohen, Melissa McCoy, and Travis Horsley, and we are all young, recent Georgia Tech graduates who are looking to mitigate the inefficiencies of humanitarian logistics immediately following natural disasters globally.
We have created a water transport system called TOHL (Tubing Operations for Humanitarian Logistics). TOHL is an innovative fluid transportation system that can deliver large quantities of fluids/water (>10k gallons/day) and small solid supplies to disaster-affected areas within extremely short timeframes (<48 hours). Through the use of a helicopter or other transportation vehicle, homogeneous coiled tubing can be laid using our uniquely-designed spinner across various types of terrain to reach communities up to 30 km (19 miles) away. The starting end of the tube can then be connected to a water source and pumped to its destination. With just one 1’’ OD tube, water for up to 20,000 people per day can be supplied and laying multiple tubes can provide water for even larger communities.
Our team has just been given our first opportunity to implement the project on a large scale in the country of Chile. TOHL has been chosen to participate in a program called Start-Up-Chile, where we will be given the opportunity to aid a community in Chile who has been devastated by the effects of recent earthquakes by providing potable water for the community. We have committed to live in Chile for a 6 month period in order to save the lives of members of the community. We must arrive in Chile by March 28th, and we will return in September. We believe it is important enough for us to dedicate our lives to implementing our innovative solution globally. Chile is one of TOHL's first giant leaps!
Through TOHL we will be able to revolutionize humanitarian logistics globally! If our first attempt in Chile is a success, the innovative solution will be used all over the world. Logisticians globally have validated our claim that TOHL provides a life-changing solution to logistics bottlenecks. Following natural disasters, such as earthquakes, millions of lives have been lost due to the inability to provide potable water to victims who need it most. Without your help, victims will continue to be deprived of their most life-sustaining substance, WATER!
What We Need & What You Get
In Chile, we are guaranteed reimbursement for the expenses that the project will incur, such as the coiled tubing, the pump, the helicopter use, and hired personnel. But we are lacking the funding needed to get the project started.TOHL's project will be made possible if you can help us raise between $4,000.00 and $5,000.00 USD of money in order to start the wheels turning on our project. We are asking that you contribute in whatever capacity that you are able. It is a straightforward process of either Paypal or a credit/debit card . The money will be used for travel expenses, lodging expenses, and food expenses for our team while in Chile over the 6 month period. Our deadline to be in Chile for the program is March 28th, and therefore we have set the deadline for contributions as March 27th.
Without some money at the outset of our project we will not be able to get the project started. Chile will only reimburse us. If we only raise a portion of our $5,000.00 USD goal, we may have to scale back the project considerably, and not as many lives will be saved. We truly need your help in order to gain positive momentum for TOHL, in order to save as many lives as possible!!!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you decide not to support us financially, we would appreciate it if you would vote for us in the Dell Challenge competition: http://www.dellchallenge.org/projects/tohl-fluid-transport-system Just register with your e-mail address and click vote. You can also share our indiegogo link: http://www.indiegogo.com/TOHL via twitter, facebook, linkedin, and other social networks. You may also like to follow us using any of the links below. Thank you so much for your Support!!!
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