My father had been helping Equatorial Guinea Africa with infrastructure work and sending humanitarian aid. I assisted him in placing orders and arrange for shipping surplus from organizations such as UNICEF and Heart to Heart.
My experiences with hurricanes Katrina and Rita showed similar gaps. Many Katrina victims were brought to Houston. Then hurricane Rita hit Houston and victims were brought from the Astrodome to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. So many of my friends, affluent and not, were asking how they could help. “Can we offer our spare rooms? Can we bring food? How do we volunteer?” Security had blocked all civilians from helping. Only Red Cross employees and volunteers who had previously been background checked could help. Meanwhile, victims were sleeping on cots and on the floor in Reunion Arena. When a local apartment complex opened up a wing of their units to victims, we were able to assist distributing furniture and household items. Before then, our hands were tied.
I knew there had to be a solution!
A new humanitarian infrastructure needs to be put in place. So many kind hearts are willing and wanting to help their neighbor, especially during a crisis. Thus, Humat was born. An opulent supply of surplus and resources are available. Humat aims to provide the efficient pipeline needed to empower organizations and the public to multiply their power of resources to these needs.