A crowd-funding platform connects donors with individuals
When news stories describe the harrowing journeys of refugees and the war zones they escaped, we tend to imagine the group rather than the individuals. The mental concept of millions of nameless displaced people is overwhelming, and might dissuade people from trying to help due to a misguided sense of hopelessness. Since general aid donations can feel like a negligible drop in the bucket, Web developer Andrew Baron came up with a crowd-funding platform that connects donors directly with the individuals they’re helping.
Humanwire, the nonprofit organization that runs this platform, connects philanthropists all over the world with specific refugees in desperate need of assistance. Based right on Pearl Street, Humanwire sets up profiles for refugees and makes them available to anyone who wants to help. You can contribute funds to established goals for these individuals, or start your own campaign and call on friends and family to help refugee applicants awaiting aid.
Humanwire also offers the opportunity for donors and refugees to Skype with each other if both parties are interested. Baron reports, perhaps surprisingly, that many displaced clients are eager to connect with their donors.“We have heard that many donors feel shy and don’t want to connect with their displaced families, as they feel it might bother or inconvenience them, but it’s actually the opposite in most cases,” he says. “They mostly yearn to have a connection, especially one that can lead to opportunity. Almost always it’s exciting. Both sides of the table often cry over how intense the connection is when they meet.”
Interested in helping? Find out more at www.humanwire.org.