Who Are We?
Endurance Aid is a charitable organisation founded at the University of Warwick; we focus on communications, coordination and search & rescue. In English: we seek out and deliver aid to those who are otherwise too far from help.
Traditionally in a disaster zone the first people to be rescued are those who live in large conurbations as they are closer to the emergency services and aid. Endurance Aid leaves this job to the larger organisations such as the Red Cross and MSF - we focus on heading out of town, on foot if needed, to those who live in remote, hard to reach or dangerous locations. Our job is to map an area, find the access routes, discover who needs help and what resources are lacking. Our teams relay this information back to our control centre to inform our rescue teams and other organisations of who needs help, where they are and how to get to them.
How Do We Operate?
We utilise - vehicles, bikes, our own two legs, advanced mapping techniques, long range communication systems, radio relays, remote outposts, generators, flood lighting, satellite comms, ropes, harnesses, crampons, storm suits, 40kg rucksacks, flares, field rations, survival equipment, man made shelters, wild caught food and the odd pint of beer to keep us going - there is a vast amount of equipment in Endurance Aid and thus we require an enormous range of skills. We aren't the boy scouts, and we're not the army - we are a young organisation who believes anything is possible. We are driven by our members and each member is a voice who is always heard.
Commitment to neutrality
We are non-political, non-biased and non-bureaucratic. We believe that there are too many people talking about the woes of the world and not enough people doing something to change them - we believe this so much that it is mandated in our constitution that our members must be free of all bias and personal feeling towards a cause when working with Endurance Aid:
We do not campaign for human rights; we do not plead for the government to listen to our opinion. We do not force our ideals upon others. Each person is to their own, every member of Endurance Aid has their own view on politics, ethics and religion, and we are free to debate them out of an operational environment, but when working we believe that the best solution is through action, not talk. We are here to save lives, nothing less.