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Using Technology to Connect Volunteers & Organizations

A month ago a group of us, young women, wanted to visit a Children's Home that especially hosted young teenage girls that required some basic commodities like sanitary pads. We searched the internet for any Children's Home in our locality Nairobi,Kenya with those specific needs but unfortunately we could not find much information. From this experience i noted a gap in information availability for those willing to give volunteer and specific donations in their neighborhoods, and hence the idea of Idonate.co.ke was born.

Idonate is a web platform that I am working on with a group of friends to bring together organizations and volunteers together. Having a strong background in web development, i felt that i can use my skills as a young woman in ICT to give back to the society by developing this platform. Idonate is on its initial development phase, data population as well as a strong campaign to inform people that the website that has these rich information exists.

Demographics indicate that Women and Children are most likely affected by poverty and discrimination and you will find that many Non Governmental Organizations in Kenya target these groups. If we had a one stop place where someone is able to retrieve such information, these organizations would not need to go far to get volunteers and donors.

The concept is based on the idea that most people especially the youth do not have the money to give to the less fortunate but have the time and strength and just need information on who needs these services.

I believe that time given can make a bigger impact than a penny given.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Women Weave the Web Digital Action Campaign. Learn more »

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Drpkahn's picture

Great idea!

A wonderful idea. Keep up the good work!

cmuthambiri's picture

Thank You!

Thank You!

MariaAle's picture

Wonderful idea creating

Wonderful idea creating Idonate for the girls in need. Keep the motivation and inspiration around your community!
I really like the phrase" believe that time given can make a bigger impact than a penny given" Totally agree. Is som much to give , kindness, moral support, time that money is not essential sometimes.
Thank you for sharing your story!
Best,
MariaAle

Maria Alejandra Alcaraz

cmuthambiri's picture

Thank You

Thank you Maria, I am very encouraged by the positive feedback to make the IDonate a platform that everyone in my local community can go to and there are so many resources and ideas in the forum that i can use, I am so amazed
Regards,

Caroline

Mary S's picture

That is a great idea! There

That is a great idea!

There are quite a few similar sites around the world that link volunteers with local organisations, for example http://www.volunteermatch.org/ and http://www.do-it.org.uk/ so you may also be able to learn from what they have done.

I see you are still developing your site, but when it is fully up and running I know several Kenyan organisations who might be interested in using it to find volunteers.

Mary

cmuthambiri's picture

Thanks

Thank You Mary!

I have been searching for pointers on how to develop the website and the links you sent are fantastic pointers.

We will Launch on May 1 and we would love to get as many organizations as we can on board, I will get in touch with you.

Regards,

Caroline

muhorakeye's picture

Idée merveilleuse création de

Idée merveilleuse création de travail pour les jeunes fille et les femmes . tu es une fille courageuse qui Gardez la motivation et l'inspiration autour de sa communauté!
J'aime beaucoup votre histoire très interessante qui montre comment avec le temps tu sera capable d'amelioré la technologie de femme de votre communaute.
Merci de partager votre histoire! courage!!!

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