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Our research shows many aid workers across the globe are isolated. We want to create a platform enabling them to support one another in helping the world's poorest.

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  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... It's Friday today. How do you feel? Stressed? Anxious? Craving for that first beer or wine? Unsurprisingly, aid workers have higher than average rates of PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse. Those few studies that have been undertaken document distress, culture shock and burnout as part and parcel of the humanitarian staff experience. The existing systems to combat this problem are few and far between. This is why we're creating DevPeers, the world's first peer to peer support network for aid workers. With only 10 days left in our campaign, we've raised nearly $3,000 but still have another $3,000 to go to reach our tipping point. If we don't get there, we won't get to keep any of the money we've raised, and DevPeers cannot launch. So dig deep to help us help aid workers. You can read more about the challenges facing aid workers and how DevPeers will help at Humanosphere: http://www.humanosphere.org/2014/03/humanitarian-aid-worker-aid-thyself/

  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... We're a week and a half into our campaign and we have raised over $2000. You guys rock! We still have a long way to go (close to $10,000) to hit our tipping point though. If we don't get there, we receive nothing. So please dig deep. We were lucky to be featured in the Cambodia Daily trying to raise awareness on this important issue. Check it out! www.cambodiadaily.com/news/report-finds-speech-therapy-services-in-cambodia-lacking-42862/

  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... We're a week and a half into our campaign and we have raised over $2000. You guys rock! We still have a long way to go (close to $10,000) to hit our tipping point though. If we don't get there, we receive nothing. So please dig deep. We were lucky to be featured in the Cambodia Daily trying to raise awareness on this important issue. Check it out! www.cambodiadaily.com/news/report-finds-speech-therapy-services-in-cambodia-lacking-42862/

  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... Want to know more information about how our matching system actually works? Check out this short 2 minute animation here to find out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoWsYk6-NYk. Only 3 days to go for us to try and get as close to $10,000 as possible!

  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... Less than a week to go and we need to over $5000 until we hit our target. Who do you know that can help? Not yet convinced about the peer coaches and how they might be helped by our program? Check out our latest post here http://www.whydev.org/who-are-the-peer-coaches-results-from-the-survey-revealed/, which explains who the peer coaches are and watch our 3:45 video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2ZBKWKxfa0&feature=player_embedded, where 3 peer coaches explain why they think our idea will help them!

  • Brendan Rigby

    Brendan Rigby says... With 19 days to go, we have reached the tipping point for this campaign! The support we have received so far has exceeded our expectations with 49 supporters backing us to reach $3150. Now that we have reached this milestone, we wanted to provide you with more detail on how we, up to now, have planned to use this amount in building the pilot program. This is not intended to be a costed and itemised budget; that information will be released once the campaign has finished and we know the final amount we have to work with. There are three main areas into which the funding will go: 1) Web development: in order for the program to be successful, we need to create a web platform across which peer coaches can interact and through which we can run the program. This will involve spending money on re-developing and re-designing the primary website and also the purchase of web templates and database software. It will also include putting money aside for a web developer to assist us. 2) Honorarium: this would be paid in three separate amounts to the three whydev team members, Brendan, Weh and Allison in exchange for the time they will invest over the coming months in creating, implementing, supporting and evaluating the pilot program. As we all have day jobs, this work will mostly be done on weekends, evenings, and at times we are supposed to be sharing with neglected loved ones. We will track the hours and make sure that we are reimbursed fairly, but not excessively. We will also share more information about specific tasks that need to be achieved, so that you can see exactly where this portion of the funding goes. 3) Creating the matching algorithm: arguably the most crucial aspect of the program and its success, will be the matching of peer coaches. We will hire someone with the smarts to create an algorithm that will ensure suitable peer coaching matches. The final amount raised will largely determine which areas we will invest in, and we will share this once the campaign is finished and we know the resources we can work with. We have many ideas for the long-term vision and future of peer coaching, and the end goal of $10,000 will enable us to create that vision and build the foundation of a cost-effective service whose impact could be felt across the world. We sincerely appreciate the trust with which you have given, and we will work hard to justify the funding already received.

  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... We've got just 25 days to hit our tipping point of $3,000. Thank you so much to all the generous donors who have contributed to get us up over $1,700. We are blown away by your generosity! We've also had some great exposure through high profile blogs, such as A View From The Cave, Baking Powder for Change, Journeys Towards Justice and (last but not least), StartSomeGood's own blog here. We're very thankful for all the help on that front. However, we are now at the stage were we need people to dig deep. If we don't hit our tipping point of $3,000, not a single cent of the money pledged will be received. So it's absolutely crucial that we get over our $3,000 goal. Of course, we'd like to get a lot closer to our $10,000 target if possible, but for now, achieving our tipping point is our absolute priority. For those who have already pledged funds, thank you so much for your generosity. Please consider sharing our campaign far and wide in your networks. For those who have not yet donated, please consider a donation of any size. Every bit counts, and every word that is spread helps us to get the exposure we need to build our support network. Thanks for reading!

  • Weh Yeoh

    Weh Yeoh says... We're overwhelmed by the support we've received in the first one week. We've had 23 generous backers get us up over the $1000, but we've still got a-ways to go yet. Our campaign has also generated a lot of discussion and comments, both positive and negative. Here's an example of that right here: http://goo.gl/qyXtJ. I don't want to beat around the bush, I want to tackle any criticisms head-on. One criticism that has been raised is that our current campaign tends to focus heavily on international aid workers from (primarily) rich countries, and doesn't do enough to support local aid workers in the majority world. I think this point is valid, but we need to stress that this is a pilot program only. We need to get a proof of concept going before we can start to reach groups that we don't already. Why choose international aid workers to support now? The reason lies in the fact that we are playing to our strengths, and that our current readership tends to consist of people of this nature already. We were able to easily reach 300 interested folk in a little over a month - I don't think that's a bad effort. Once we support the people who we have easy access to, we can then look into accessing people who are harder for us to reach, with the aim of creating a truly international support network for humanitarian workers. Please folk, continue to give generously to our campaign, so that we can support those who help others. If you have already given, please spread the word far - we still have a long way to go to reach our target. Thanks so much, Weh Yeoh (whydev.org)

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