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We Survived The Worst Floods Of The Century. And We Owe Everyone Who Helped Us. Hence, this!

Shihab Muhammed

25 January 2019

2 min read

We’ll tell you why we decided to do this.

Two months ago, Kerala, a tiny state in India was hit with the worst floods of the century. And we were on the ground when it happened. Yeah, it was terrible.

Everywhere we looked, one of our own was either rescuing or was being rescued. The entire state came together to help fisherman braving the raging waters and rescuing scores of people, officers and everyday folks volunteering alike at relief camps, earnestly sourcing food and clothes, collecting money, donating to the disaster fund, and the tech-savvy youngsters even taking to social media as makeshift control rooms… everyone chipped in.

Kerala sunk, swam, and survived, but it took efforts from all quarters. As we were all reeling from the blow, several NGOs stepped in– to rescue and rebuild a state that was neck-deep in water. We were caught off-guard by the magnitude of the disaster but those NGOs kept their calm. They were organized, methodical, and knew what they were doing as they categorically led the rescue operations and coordinated the relief camps. They led us from the front.

We survived in the end, but things were very different. Having been there, shook us hard. Looking at the world through that prism, we saw many people who needed help. More than we could ever manage. As a token of our gratitude, we wanted to give back too…

Now that we have put the floods behind us and as the state is limping back to normal, we are thinking of ways to thank the many NGOs that are helping people like us, every day. We want to give back to those who had our backs. We owe everyone who coordinated the mission to save our land and its people.

And we’ve found a fitting way. During the floods, one thing that stood out to us was how data was scattered all over the place. It was to be expected, given the sheer magnitude of the floods, and no one had the time, nor resources to coordinate data collection effectively. People were giving it their best shot, but it wasn’t uncommon to see NGO Facebook pages and celebrity fan pages flooded with desperate SOS calls and rescue requests. We intend to fix that.

Which is precisely why we want to give back with our own data collection software. Around a year has passed since our launch and SurveySparrow is, quite literally, our best effort.

This Thanksgiving season, we are giving away our survey platform to NGOs who have a data collection need– Premium Accounts for an entire year covered of all costs! We can’t think of a better way to show our gratitude to the many that helped us.

We want this news to reach the NGOs all over the world – anyone who’ll benefit from a free data collection platform. We need your help to spread the word.

Dear NGOs everywhere, please use this. Leave the logistics to us so you can continue doing what you do best — making lives better!

If you are a non-NGO, you can help too! Surely you must know someone who can benefit from a Free Account? Please spread the word!

This Thanksgiving, help us share our thanks!

Shihab Muhammed

Founder & CEO at SurveySparrow

SaaS Entrepreneur, Growth Leader, Built and scaled multi-million dollar SaaS products. Passionate about building user-friendly SaaS Products.

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