In the early hours of the 14th of November 2016, New Zealanders and Cantabrians were awoken by a 7.8 earthquake centred on the east coast of the South Island. It has had vast ecological, infrastructural and personal repercussions already and hundreds have been stranded with the destruction of state highways and roads.
It’s a situation that you, as a not-for-profit worker have likely accounted numerous times. The details may vary: natural disaster, war or socioeconomic challenges, but the complex human suffering, environmental damage and general confusion are all too familiar. They’re some of the key reasons that organisations like you exist.
New Zealand has already seen a host of non-profits publicly engage with the cause, with countless others beginning to help behind the scenes. The New Zealand Red Cross, Girl Guides, Givealittle and Civil Defense are just some of those who have risen to the need for assistance.
As a business with our headquarters in Christchurch, New Zealand we have felt the earthquakes and experienced their repercussions but continue to function and improve our services and software (for more information see: http://granity.org/).
Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent earthquakes and we are reminded of the critically important jobs that not-for-profits do in times such as these.