Monthly Meeting on Multi-Sector Disaster Preparedness Collaboration


Alfred Poon


AVPN hosted its second Friday session in November around the topic of collaborating in disaster planning. The key speakers sharing at the event were Parminder Singh from Twitter and Angel Theodora from World Vision. Participants came from various different organizations including representatives from foundations, corporates and NGOs.

Parminder shared his personal story on how he got engaged in the Jammu and Kashmir floods tweeting to his friends and how that organically grew into an informal group of people from various different locations around the world involved in channeling attention and resources to various disasters in India via social media. This group is now called Volunteers online for Impact in Crisis emergencies (VOICE).

Angel brought real case studies of disaster stuck victims from the Philippines and raised various interesting issues that should be considered to make the disaster relief more efficient and effective. How can the legal system be prepared to address property issues in times of reconstruction when many of the vulnerable affected population does not have official land titles for their properties? How can financial institutions be ready to channel donations to the disaster affected victims when many of them do not have regular bank account?

The conversation advanced to talk about how corporates can better engage in times of disaster relief. Participants shared their experiences in raising employees’ awareness on disasters and also exchanged views on whether corporates should partner with NGOs on a case by case basis or rather build long term relationships with a handful of NGOs.

AVPN Friday sessions are a series of monthly casual get together meetings with our community and friends, whereby we choose a topic of interest, and invite some key speakers to kick start the conversation.

Please visit our events page for more details on our next Friday session.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Alfred Poon


Alfred Poon is Director of Digital Transformation of AVPN. He is a geek by nature, adman by passion, and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Communications from Indiana University. Alfred spends his time building communications infrastructure that brings people together. Prior to joining AVPN, Alfred has consulted for Social Purpose Organisations in over thirty countries, bringing his unconventional mix of nimble technology to enable data driven communications

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