DALLAS, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Indiegogo campaign hopes to raise $5 million to assist families worldwide who are victims of natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires. Kicking off on July 12, The Tohubohu Project under the auspices of the nonprofit Texas Disaster Recovery and Relief of Dallas, Texas, hopes to support families by purchasing and installing storm shelters for homes in tornado prone regions; assisting with relocation, temporary housing and home repairs; and providing reemployment services, counseling, and flood-proofing modifications.
The Tohubohu Project is under the direction of C. Naomi Covington, a survivor of Hurricane Katrina and FEMA first responder. She knows firsthand the pain of suddenly losing everything and the gaps that can occur in getting help. She recalls, "After Katrina, many were not allowed access to their homes for weeks. … There was a disconnect between the local, state and federal government for over a month. So many of us were without money, jobs, and income, and taken in by strangers. Some of us even pitched tents and lived on air mattresses for weeks until local hotels either had availability or reopened. Some relief was immediate, such as food and water, but federal and state relief took months while recovery and rebuilding has taken years."
Covington says The Tohubohu Project wants to help as many needy disaster victims and families as it possibly can. Campaign details and pledge incentives can be accessed at https://igg.me/at/thetohubohuproject. Campaign videos and testimonials can be found on the organization's YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn0CfWFeGFptN6cq6PTB1DQ.
People who contribute $50 or more will be entered into a drawing to win a new Apple iPhone 7 or iPad Pro. Corporate sponsors are also being sought.
In describing the purpose of the project, Covington says, "Tohubohu means chaos or discord and we're confident that our efforts will alleviate some of the confusion that occurs following a disaster and establish a sense of peace and order, something many didn't even know was possible after such horrific events. Ultimately, our goal is to offer long-term, sustainable solutions for people who have faced hardships after a disaster."
SOURCE Texas Disaster Recovery and Relief