Integrating ICT for disaster management and development in Chin – Kale border areas
Tedim, Tonzang township, Chin state and Kale Township, Sagaing Region
Project area map: https://goo.gl/gHqvB7
- Provide a brief history of your organization.
Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities (ASORCOM) was formed on the 9th April 2013 by the members of SCYNO – Siyin-Chin Youth Network Organization and the Siyin Project who were eager to help & develop the community they have grown up and familiar with the needs within. Their experience together with the information available and working with the community closely to provide an outcome that will impact and change the community to a better a healthy sustainable society.
- Provide a brief bio of your organization’s key leaders.
The name Michael Suantak aka Pum Suan Hang who was educated from India in Master of Computer Applications and served the exile communities including refugees, human rights activists, political parties and politicians from Myanmar (Burma) for more than a decade with his knowledge and experiences. He started ICT and management training center in Kalay, Hakha before starting of ASORCOM. He has many contributions to several organizations as a volunteer for many years. And he is one of the DeBoer fellows. Please kindly see more details from his CV on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/msuantak
- Describe the need the project is addressing.
To use technology and local wireless communication for collaboration to promote transparency, accountability and responsibility among donors, governments, and civil societies and promoting knowledge and skills to local communities.
- Describe the target population you intend to impact through this project.
The interesting part is the targeted 62% of total population is ages from 15 to 64 with 50% of female. Moreover 10 % of the beneficiary are designed for people with disability.
- Provide a project summary, including a description of how the funding would be used.
- Transportation; 10 wireless network base stations will be installed to make wifi accessible to 109 villages in Tedim, Tonzang, Kale townships (see map). The Sahana Eden (Disaster management system) software will be installed in 3 data centers (Kale, for local data collection and management, Yangon, synchronizing for Nation-wide data collection and management, Singapore for international access.
- Skills training/awareness workshop on how to use/early warning/; 100 peoples each from respective villages plus 30 from CSOs and 20 local volunteers will be trained how to use the wireless networks and tools plus communities demand skills (home industry, food preserving, animal raising etc.)
- Data collection and manipulation; during installation, training and engagement with local communities specific data will be collected for research and future master plans.
- Analysis and report; research papers and proposed master plans will be compiled and submitted to respective state holders.
- List the objectives of the project — in numbered, bulleted form.
Vision: To use technology effectively for disaster management and rehabilitation
Mission: To install Sahana Eden deploy (MESH) wireless network and empower with skills to local communities and CSOs to utilize it responsively
- Wireless network installation
- Skills trainings
- Data collection
- Analysis and report
- Describe any other organizations you work with to accomplish your objectives, and list similar programs in your area/region.
- ASORCOM – Alternative Solutions for Rural Communities and SCYNO which will focus on Technical support, skills training and maintenance
- KPN – Kale Peace Network & SACC – Social Actions for Communities Changes will collaborate on Data collection, data entry works
- CNRWG – Chinland Natural Resources Watch Groups will do Manipulation, advocacy, analysis and report8. Explain how you will measure your success over the time period of this grant, including the changes you hope to achieve by the end of the grant period.
- By checking wireless deployment and availability of networking
- Photo records from trainings/workshops
- Data statistics and report
- Financial and narrative reportsCommunity participationThe way in which projects are undertaken involves a sharing of ideas and information. Involvement in shared decision making and responsibility is central to achieving a positive outcome.The work is carefully sequenced and designed in close consultation with the community so that efforts from everyone can be optimized. It is agreed that the ultimate outcome is to have a genuine and lasting impact on the lives of the people and their communities.
By working together in a participatory mode, we are able to understand what works best for the community. Continuing input from all the participants is essential to the success of the project.
9. Explain the qualifications and experience that have prepared you for carrying out this project.
Office of ASORCOM will offer for Data Center (server allocation), Training Center in Kale will offer from CNRWG, Internet and related Permission will offer from mmSpot ISP, Technicians and volunteers will organize from ASORCOM, SCYNO, KPN, SACC, CNRWG with students and youth from the three Kalay universities, Wireless Devices will donate from Network Myanmar, Frontiir ISP, local and oversea Talk time will offer from YTALK, VMG ISP.
- Explain your funding strategy, and how this project will be supported beyond grants from the funding agency.
For long run sustaining will be taking care by ASORCOM team with the collaboration with partner organizations by generating income from internet, VOIP talk time, virtual learning classes and advertisement on networks.
- Provide any additional information or links to media that would help us evaluate this application.
I would like to show how the flash flood, landslide and heavy raining affected Chin state, Kalay areas and Setutara (Magwe).
If you just want to see what happened in Chin and Kale areas, you just can browse: https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipP3aOMOSm1sIBmE8YYn5e2p3I3GazK0kiGJJzmrEKPdMUHsMDy850wHHfqZLTTRNw?key=S2lDd3dEQm41N0tqR0c2dlVwUGdtYk5xd3lzZmJR
This is our existing wireless network in Chin state (20 villages) and proposed areas at Chin-Kalay borders which covered 3 Townships, 1. Tedim (32 villages) 2. Tonzang (13 villages) 3. Kalay (44 Villages) in total 109 villages.
Now you can also see the flood and landslide affection on GoogleEarth Software with photo mapping. It is much easier to find what happened in where on the map.
**note: It is not completed official data, this is my personal trying to help and support with what I can. For Myanmar government data: http://themimu.info/sites/themimu.info/files/documents/MoSWRR_Situation_of_Damage.Loss_and_Response_by_Affected_State.Region_24Aug2015.xlsx
Here are some of my initiative on Mesh Wireless Network in Chin state, where there is no mobile phone, https://www.facebook.com/groups/asorcom/
Here is my experiences share on wireless networking during the Mekong ICT camp.https://www.facebook.com/groups/mekongcw/
Here is my involvement on Lawful Interception by the Myanmar government.https://www.facebook.com/mmtelcopol