World Vision bringing Lumkani to the world
8,000 Lumkani devices are now installed across 28 high density urban townships in South Africa and Namibia. World Vision has partnered with Lumkani to install 1,000 of these devices and provide training and resources to community and municipality fire response teams. 15 threatening fires have been detected to date, with the majority limited to a single dwelling because of the early warning system, saving potentially hundreds of lives, homes, and livelihoods.
World Vision was recently selected as one of ten finalists in the Google Impact Challenge, an initiative to support non-profit innovators using technology to tackle the world’s biggest social challenges. The project proposal is to bring the latest version of this innovative system to highly vulnerable urban communities in Asia, beginning with Dhaka, Bangladesh - home to 3.6 million people living in high density informal areas.
The three year pilot project will not only bring the early warning fire detection system to slums in Dhaka, but will build the capacity of community and municipality fire response teams to prevent and respond to fires. Following a successful pilot, World Vision will seek to expand the program across Bangladesh and in urban slums throughout the Asia Pacific region in countries including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Papua New Guinea.