Third Wave Volunteers
We can fly to the moon and unravel relativity theories and DNA codes, but the things we need to do now are a lot simpler than that. There are so many problems throughout the world including those directly in front of us.
Third Wave Volunteers encourage and inspire people to give a little back to the world. To volunteer even for just an hour, whether it is helping inner city kids or the elderly lady living next door or even with an environmental issue. As people, we have the power to impact and influence positive change. Learn More…
The majority of the world needs to have light, including Nepal lights, which is one of the most basic and fundamental needs as a human being, for safety, for education, for livelihoods. It is still astounding that 1.6 billion people today do not have access to safe and sustainable light and rely on kerosene to light their world at night. The absence of light for the majority of the global population has had catastrophic ramifications on our local and global environment. So we are all interconnected through light and also though the absence of it.
Buying a SolarPuff ™, furthers our social mission to distribute light in the 3rd world and underdeveloped regions such as Asia and Sub Saharan Africa, where there are the most vulnerable of stake holders. When a customer buys a SolarPuff ™ at 25.00$US it allows us to subsidize a SolarPuff ™ to someone in an underserved region. Our strategy is to subsidize the distribution of SolarPuffs ™ by working with Non Government Organizations as well as with local communities. This system for providing light to those in need is a multi faceted and cross-disciplinary approach to tackling issues of extreme poverty. We are not donating our SolarPuffs ™, we subsidize and partner with on the ground communities and local markets in order to create economic viability for those living in poverty.
In the past, the act of giving goods away for free has proven to perpetuate poverty. In the end this short sighted approach has proven to be more harmful than good, in the desire to alleviate poverty. Communities have undergone crippling effects due to this short term strategy. We are working toward long term and sustainable solutions to create distribution networks, partnering with local communities to support the creation of local economies. We believe good design, intelligent materials such as solar energy harnessing materials, and recyclable materials are better for the long term sustainability of our ecology and our businesses.
Dr. Alison Thompson OAM
Dr. Alison Thompson OAM- is a full time global humanitarian volunteer. Her work started on the Sept 11th 2001 attacks in New York, where she volunteered as a first responder for nine months. She has run internally displaced persons camps in Sri Lanka, Haiti, Lesvos-Greece and all over the world and in 2012 was appointed as the first official Ambassador to the Haitian Ministry of Environment where she works in reforestation and cholera initiatives. Alison is fondly known as the “Angel of Galle” in Sri Lanka and the “Angel of Light” in Nepal and Lesbos-Greece. In 2015 she was honored at Loyola Chicago University with an Honorary ‘Doctorate of Letters’, in the ‘Humanities’, where she also gave the commencement speech.
Alison is an MCI Disaster Specialist, Mathematician, Author, Anthropologist, Filmmaker, and Rescue Paramedic. In Haiti she co-founded We Advance, an organization dedicated to combating gender-based violence for women and children throughout the dangerous slums of Cite Soleil. In 2004 Thompson volunteered in the Asian Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka and remained there for two years developing and operating a field hospital, rebuilding a village and a local school. There she Co-founded the first Tsunami Early-Warning Disaster Center along with a Children’s Learning Center and Tsunami Museum.
Her award-winning documentary The Third Wave, chronicles her volunteer experience in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami and was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in a Presidential Jury Screening presented by Sean Penn and Bono. She followed up with a book, The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story.
In 2010, Thompson flew to Haiti along with actor Sean Penn and ten doctors to help after the earthquake. Together, they managed a 70,000-person IDP camp and field hospital alongside General Simeon Trombitas and the 82nd Airborne who honored her with the US Commanders ‘Medal of Excellence’ Award. In 2010 she was awarded the Order of Australia, the highest civilian medal given by the Australian Government and Queen Elizabeth II, for her volunteerism and her contributions to mankind.
— After Hurricane Sandy in New York, Thompson created and managed The Third Wave Command Center in the Rockaways NY, supporting thousands of affected civilians with aid and resilience campaigns and then went onto work in the Philippines with Typhoon Haiyan followed by the Nepal earthquake disaster of 2015 where she delivered thousands of solar lights to remote destroyed mountain areas.
Thompson is currently leading Rescue Missions and Refugee camps on the island of Lesbos,Greece where an influx of 10,000 wounded Syrian, Iraq and Afghan refugees arrive daily. With simplicity and humility, Thompson inspires everyone to take action just as she has: as an everyday, average individual. She tailors her message on how ‘anyone can volunteer’, from a global scope to our own backyards and that “everyone is needed”
As she continues to change the world – she believes “It is easy to be in the wrong place at the wrong time but it’s leadership to be in the wrong time at the right time.”