We use tons of different apps everyday to connect with friends, share personal stories, find a new date, exercise, manage time, get inspired or entertain. However, some apps can be used to help other people and solve socially pressing issues. Here are examples of five apps you can have on your phone to make social impact worldwide and actually feel like a true global citizen on a daily basis.
ShareTheMeal is an app from the World Food Programme that enables people to “share their meals” with children in need. Users can give US$ 0.50 (or more) with a tap in the app, feeding one hungry child for a day. The United Nations World Food Programme (which has one of the lowest administrative costs in the non-profit sector) receives the funds and provides the meals. With ShareTheMeal’s Camera Giving, you can take a photo of your food, place a #ShareTheMeal filter, donate and share directly to social media. This function is optional though.
Charity Miles is a socially-driven, for-profit company which connects charities, individuals, and corporate sponsors to create social change. Their app enables users to earn money for their charity by walking, running, biking and even dancing. You should just choose one of their partner charity organizations and hit the streets. When you finish, you have the option to share your activity on Facebook or Twitter and raise awareness on the cause you care about. The money comes from the app’s corporate sponsors who use their advertising budgets for social good.
GoodGuide is a team of scientists whose mission is to provide consumers with the information about product ingredients from food to personal care. More than 1 million consumers use GoodGuide’s website and mobile apps every month to help decode product labels, research ingredients, and make more informed decisions about the products they purchase. You can instantly find the products which are safe, healthy and green and make socially-conscious shopping decisions.
We365 is a platform for making a positive impact both on local and global communities, one action at a time. You can connect with like-minded individuals and select a new challenge for yourself every day. Challenges are activities shared in the app, organized into causes which you can support, such as cleaning the environment, enriching education, or promoting human rights. By completing challenges you also earn badges for your profile, so that you can keep a track on your impactful life. Every small action can make a difference.
5. My life as a Refugee
In the time it takes to download this app, 8 people around the world will become refugees as they flee from conflict or persecution. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) created it to spread awareness about the projects and people they work to support. Built for iOS and Android, ‘MY LIFE AS A REFUGEE’ lets players get an intimate insight into the hardships refugees face every day.
Written by SIA
Image: Courtesy Social Impact Award
Publication date: Article featured 5/12/2017
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