On the first day of 2019 AtmaGo users in Lombok planted Mangrove trees as protection from natural disasters. Mangrove trees provide an effective barrier against destructive storms and flooding, and reduce the momentum and impact of waves.
Climate change is happening and Atma Connect is here to build resilience.
We believe in using technology that enables women and low-income people to lead their communities in building resilience against adverse climate events. 91% of disasters over the last two decades were climate related, and poor people are disproportionately affected. Our mobile app and platform, AtmaGo, has reached over 2,100,000 users across 85 disaster-prone locations in Indonesia, who use it to receive alerts, report disaster-related issues, post local problems, learn about job opportunities, and share news and resources.
Climate resilience works best in partnership.
We are excited to announce that we are a new partner in the Global Resilience Partnership. GRP is a partnership of public and private organizations joining forces towards a resilient, sustainable and prosperous future for vulnerable people and places. GRP believes that, “our collective work on resilience is more important than ever before. If we are to empower societies to transform their futures in the face of increasing uncertainty, shocks and surprises, we need to think and act more innovatively and at far greater scales.” We look forward to working with GRP to put communities at the center of resilience efforts, quantify the cost-effectiveness of these approaches, and develop innovative mechanisms to finance community-led resilience.
Community members are taking collective action to address pollution and climate change.
Users in Lamongan, an area in East Java, organized a community clean-up at the Lovina beach, through AtmaGo. The event, like so many others organized on AtmaGo, was a huge success – 125 community members turned out! The event increased awareness of students and young people around plastic waste pollution and encouraged better waste disposal and environmental protection. Check out the full album of photos on our Facebook page.
2018 was a year of impact and resilience.
We have grown five-fold since our inception in 2015 and owe so much of this success to you. Thank you for joining us in our efforts to use technology to empower millions of people so they can help each other, share information, and build better lives. We are particularly proud of our growth to over 2.1 million users and an independent, evidence-based, impact study about AtmaGo, which we released worldwide in October 2018.