Making a difference
Hurricane Katrina, September 2005
Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans on 29 August 2005 as the third largest hurricane on record to strike the US. A storm surge of up to 10m flooded coastal areas. The city of New Orleans flooded due to the breaching of the levees surrounding it. The city is planned to be totally evacuated. The death toll may be in the thousands, while up to a million people are homeless. ESWsoftware has pledged 50% of all sales revenues to the Salvation Army Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund for September 2005. You can also donate directly, find out more about this disaster, or follow news stories.
Saving the kakapo, 16 February 2005 - 9 March 2005
The kakapo is a large, green, flightless, nocturnal parrot endemic to New Zealand. Although the species is critically endangered, careful management has increased its numbers from 51 in 1996 to 87 in August 2005. All the birds live in the wild, but wear radio transmitters so that their location and condition may be tracked on a daily basis. The birds are managed on three remote island santuaries: Whenua Hou / CodFish and Pearl Islands near Stewart Island, and Te Kakahu / Chalky Island in Fiordland.
Matthew Walker of ESWsoftware spent two weeks in 2005 working as a volunteer on Whenua Hou. ESWsoftware donated 50% of all sales revenue to the Kakapo Recovery Programme for three weeks from 16 February.
For more stories of conservation success in New Zealand, try Back from the Brink.
South Asia Tsunami Disaster, 26 December 2004 - 8 January 2005
On 26 December 2004, the largest earthquake in 40 years struck off the coast of Sumatra. The ensuing tsunamis have killed thousands and left up to a million people homeless. In response, ESWsoftware pledged 50% of all sales revenues to Oxfam New Zealand for the two-week period of 26 December 2004 to 8 January 2005 UTC. You can donate directly or find out more about this disaster.