Be the change you seek in this world
We are a nonprofit composed of scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs working toward a sustainable volcano monitoring system to protect the people threatened by the Nyiragongo and Nyimuragira volcanoes; and Lake Kivu.
To achieve that goal, we provide equipment, maintenance assistance, technical training, and a community safety net to the Goma Volcano Observatory so that it can accomplish its core role.
We are strong advocates for Open Science in the Virunga Volcano Province. In particular, all the data collected by the equipment we provide to the observatory will be Open Data so that they can be used by the scientific community without restrictions.
During the eruption of 2021, Jonathan was on the phone with Josuel, but Josuel had to end the call to take an urgent call from Goma. It was his family informing him that one of the volcanoes was erupting. In the following hours, we try to find the whereabouts of friends and family. In BuildingWakanda, we had team members from Covid19DRC that were at risk, many of our friends and families had to evacuate the city as did over 400,000 people in Goma. The community is still traumatized by this event. We can only imagine what it would have been if lava was flowing from inside the city of Goma or if Lake Kivu went through a devastating limnic explosion. The lack of information and the frustration to not see any Congolese scientists having a voice was a sign that something had to be done.
While monitoring the Virunga volcanoes is ultimately the responsibility of the government, the African diaspora, the Congolese scientific and tech communities have the means and connections to bring a decisive contribution to this effort. Local tech businesses, startups, and universities can also give advice, technical support that is sustainable and that will contribute to the capacity building in the DRC across different sectors of activities.
The Linda Project was started in the aftermath of the 2021 eruption by Jonathan Esole with key contributions and support from Jean Bele, Christian Kakoba, Karine Ndjoko, Tomisi Kikama, Mosongo Moukwa, Raïssa Malu, Vanessa Serao, Josuel Musambaghani, Princess Karemera, Nick Litombe, and Heritier Adam.