At Atma Connect, disaster resilience is core to our mission. The team is underway on a project to help several communities prone to natural disasters
In a remarkable initiative, Atma Connect reached out and fostered community and support for more than 200,000 Ukrainians over the last year. Atma took our
Atma Connect, a leader in empowering locally-led change, has begun work to empower women entrepreneurs in the city and regency of Serang in Indonesia. The
Atma Partnering with Frontline Communities in Puerto Rico on Safe Water Quality Project via EPA Environmental Justice Grant
Atma Connect, a Puerto Rico and U.S. non-profit public interest organization, will work with community leaders and residents to improve water quality and health in
Atma Connect is excited to embark on a 24-month program to improve digital literacy and economic opportunity for women entrepreneurs in Indonesia via a new
Atma Connect’s Head of Product Aisyah Gunung shared insights on using innovative technology in disaster management when she spoke at the ASEAN Strategic Policy Dialogue
Note: Atma, working with USAID and FHI360, recently published compendiums of stories of impact from 32 Civil Society Organizations across Indonesia. We are proud to
Atma Connect, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC), will establish infrastructure and support for locally led change across the United States in
The AtmaGo mobile app and platform have become a home for individuals and communities to raise awareness of climate and sustainability. AtmaGo brings together those
Neighbors helping neighbors is Atma’s mission – launching first in Indonesia, then in Puerto Rico, and, as of spring 2022, in Ukraine. Thanks to generous
Imagine you live on a beautiful island, with fertile soil all around you, enough to grow most vegetables, and many foods. Farmers grow crops –
We launched AtmaGo in Ukraine in the late Spring, and we want to share the ways it is being used by internally displaced people. Through
Jakarta, 29 November 2022. Atma Connect Chief Executive Officer Meena Palaniappan and USAID Indonesia Mission Director Jeffrey Cohen opened an interactive talk show, entitled `Make
“The harvest experience is one that heals human beings in multiple dimensions because it gives them power. The power of a human is to be
Much of the world has been riveted by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and we immediately considered how we could help neighbors help neighbors in the
“If I tell you I can, I will. This is how trust develops.” It is with these words that Mariny Vázquez directs the series of
Friend, Young people have spoken, and the world is (finally) noticing – our planet needs help. Climate change cannot be ignored. As believers and builders
Happy New Year, Happy Lunar New Year, and thank you so much to all who contributed to our end of the year appeal. Your support is
While Atma Connect originally launched as a mobile app for people to share information and build resilience in disaster-prone areas, the impact is far greater
How Atma and The Nature Conservancy Joined Forces to Share Resources for the Disaster Risk Reduction Community
While headlines from around the globe can seem overwhelming, a certain set of people are too busy to despair — people who specialize in disaster
World’s largest network of changemakers and social innovators selects Atma Connect CEO Meena Palaniappan
Ashoka, the world’s largest network of changemakers and social innovators, has named Atma Connect CEO Meena Palaniappan to its alliance of changemakers as a Special
In honor of Atma Connect’s 5-year anniversary, we are highlighting our inspiring community including employees, supporters and board members. Meet Ardy Satria, self-described tech guy.
In honor of Atma Connect’s 5-year anniversary, we are highlighting our inspiring community including employees, supporters and board members. Meet Lisa Diaz Nash, seasoned business
Atma Connect, the global tech nonprofit helping communities improve their resilience to disasters and respond to ongoing challenges, is all about enabling change from the
Image Source: “Ciencia Pa ‘La Gente”. Radioteca.net In Puerto Rico, increasing food security is a top goal. Puerto Rico was vulnerable to food insecurity prior
“Looking back at Puerto Rican history helps us see that we have always been powerful. Right now with the many challenges we are facing in
In this interview blog series, we are highlighting our inspiring Atma Community including employees, supporters, and board members. Meet Alfan, Atma Connect’s Field Director! Working
Community ties are strong in Puerto Rico. This is a place that is built around people getting together and working together. While poverty and food
Connecting communities & resources with AtmaGo People are more likely to survive disasters and address vulnerabilities when they have good social networks and connections. But
As the Global Pandemic hits certain communities harder than others, people are turning to each other to solve local problems. And, women are on the
We want to thank you so much for your support, guidance, and partnership as we work together with communities on the front lines of Covid-19
In every crisis, there are heroes. In the Covid-19 crisis Puerto Ricans have praised police, nurses, and doctors by hanging banners and posting memes on
“Let’s welcome the blessing Ramadan as a moment to break the chain of transmission of the plague for the sake of personal safety, relatives and
On Presidents Day, a circle of women and neighbors came together to learn how to build community resilience through citizen journalism. Citizen journalism, as the
Dear Atma Community, My belongings were destroyed during the flooding that struck Jakarta on the first day of the new year. This has been some
Dear Atma Community, I wanted to give you an update on what is happening in Puerto Rico right now, since the earthquakes that left the
We have been working to prepare AtmaGo and our partnerships to bring AtmaGo to Puerto Rico this year. Our Partnerships Coordinator, Natasha, originally from Puerto
We are excited to announce that Atma Connect has hired Zev Lowe as our first Vice President of Growth & Impact. This newly-created role will
Efforts to quantify the benefit of social program date back at least to Thomas Hobbes, but in the past 15 years there has been a
As Spring turns to Summer in California, our user-base continues to grow in Indonesia—and our organization continues to take shape as an independent nonprofit. Last month we had over 6,000 active monthly users, and we have reached over 30,000 unique users since our launch.
Atma Connect—a California-based technology organization focused on connecting and empowering people in the developing world—has won the 2016 Global Amplify Urban Resilience Challenge with their AtmaGo.com urban resilience app. The Amplify Urban Resilience Challenge is a partnership of The Rockefeller Foundation, USAID, the Swedish Development Agency (SIDA), the UK Development Agency (DFID), OpenIDEO, and IDEO.org.
Just a quick update today: AtmaGo has reached 20,000 users in Indonesia! Big thanks to all of our Indonesian staff for driving this forward—and to our new users for creating posts on everything from the recent terror attacks in Jakarta, to jobs, events and so much more.
Since our last update in June, AtmaGo has reached over 10,000 users! Our users and staff in Indonesia deserve a big round of applause.
Along with expanding to new cities in Indonesia and improving our web-based software, we are very happy to report that the Cisco Foundation has pledged to help us develop an Android application next year.
In early April, we rolled out a new version of AtmaGo that adds user profiles, improves the navigation and updates the user interface. And since then, activity has been strong! We now have nearly 3,000 active users who are connecting with their neighbors to share vital information. People are using AtmaGo to find water and supplies, post about education and jobs, and report problems from fires and floods, to traffic and crime.
Just a few weeks ago, Meena and Nick were in Jakarta, Indonesia to meet with Atma Connect’s Indonesian staff, talk with users and launch the new version of AtmaGo. Pictured above is a group of key users who came out to tell us what they love about AtmaGo—and how we can improve.
“To the citizens and residents of Bukit Duri, do not give up in the face of floods! When the floods come, unplug all cable, save important documents and jewelry, and make your family and yourself secure” — AtmaGo User Comments from February, 2015.
On February 10, the Wall Street Journal reported that heavy rains had inundated the capital city of Indonesia.
Over the past three months, we have been engaged in an intense process of learning from the field—and we have learned a lot! Working with our new Indonesia Field Director, Alfan Rodhi, we have carried out nearly 100 user interviews and tested an early version of the AtmaGo application in several neighborhoods in Jakarta.
As anyone who has turned on a TV or opened a newspaper knows, the world has been suffering a spate of conflicts and challenges of late. So it was a nice change of pace to hear Fareed Zakaria hold up progress in India, reforms in Mexico and the recent election in Indonesia as global “success stories.”
A tanker truck lumbers into a neighborhood, and people rush to the truck carrying containers of all sizes and colors. A man on a motorbike with a bubble top container in tow winds down narrow alleys in an urban slum. A woman brings over buckets to fill water from a neighbor who has piped water provided by the city. Children carry water containers home from the neighboring community.
I had this realization while working in India in 2010 on a study of climate change and water in cities. My team worked in 5 neighborhoods in a city in the center of India to develop strategies to help cities become more resilient to climate change impacts such as water scarcity and flooding. While documenting the prices people were paying for water from the formal (water utilities) and informal (water market) sectors, I realized that the poorest people were paying far more for water than their wealthier neighbors who were connected to the municipal piped system.
Water is life — and access to it at a fair price is key for health and economic success. But hundreds of millions of people around the globe suffer from water scarcity. A large proportion of people in developing nations live without consistent indoor water service — or are forced to buy drinking water from private vendors. These informal water markets serve millions of people in major cities in nations such as Indonesia, Brazil, India and South Africa. But due to a lack of price information and the inability of customers to communicate their feedback, many of the water vendors can overcharge — with prices reaching 20 to 30 times what other customers may pay