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Working for basic needs
Two nurses have launched a new volunteering project that aims at helping patients located in an isolated district in the northern Portugal. Their contract with the local authorities grants them lodging, a car for tending to patients and a small subsidy for food and other expenses.
Why it matters
In the current economic crisis, these two nurses have resorted back to a simple way of helping themselves while helping others: working in exchange for shelter and food. With so many people going through hard times, can this project grow beyond its initial concept? Will more and more people consider exchanging services to get their basic needs ensured?
UNICEF has created, a game available on Facebook that allows users to build a virtual school that UNICEF will then make a reality in Zambia. The project is in collaboration with ING DIRECT, which will donate 20.000€. To participate Facebook users just have to access the application, log in and explore the virtual school and information about the project, make donations through credit cards, PayPal or by sending an SMS, and invite friends to join the construction.
Food waste and hunger are serious problems that lie adjacent to one another. One is driven by over-abundance while the latter is driven by the prevalence of poverty. Flashfood is an app created by Arizona State University students that lets restaurants and cafes alert local charitable organizations that they have extra food they could pick-up for local shelters.
By using smartphones, the app can address a small part of the hunger crisis, by alerting interested recipients when and where there is new food to donate, while cutting down on the needless disposal of perfectly edible food.