Helpline que funciona por SMS ativa rede de organização não-governamentais, assim como agências governamentias para ajuda a Filipinos em situação de risco. Vejam post do MobileActive.org para detalhes.
“A single computer, hooked up to a modem in Bobby Soriano’s house in the Philippines, receives a steady of stream of text messages begging for help. There have been messages from Philippine seamen, who, after being accused of the murder of a Korean captain, were forced to confess by Omani police. There was a Philippine domestic worker in Lebanon who was forced to flee to the mountains to escape Israeli bombings, and a message from twenty Philippine sailors who were evicted from their ship by police near Denmark. In each of these cases, a single SMS message with the keyword “SOS” was sent to a hotline in the Philippines, activating a network of nonprofits and government agencies to come to the workers’ rescue.
The hotline, called SOS SMS, is a project of the Center for Migrant Advocacy (CMA) in the Philippines and its partners in Saudi Arabia. This Valentine’s Day, SOS SMS celebrates its two year anniversary since its initial launch on February 14, 2006. ‘It was our gift of love to the migrant Filipino workers,’ said Bobby Soriano, an IT volunteer who maintains the system in Manilla.”