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Citizen aid – and why ordinary people are founding their own development projects Charity Featured 

Citizen aid – and why ordinary people are founding their own development projects

(Conversation) – At the height of the European refugee crisis, volunteers delivered goods to makeshift camps in Calais, set up soup kitchens, and helped recent arrivals on the Greek island of Lesvos. But such grassroots humanitarianism does not always play out on Europe’s doorstep. “Citizen aid” – whereby driven individuals set up their own, small-scale aid projects – is taking off in the Global South, too. The number of these micro-organisations has risen dramatically in the US, the UK and other European countries in the last ten years. Many, but not all of them, are registered as charities. They Read More

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Helping Hurricane Victims: There’s an App for That Charity Featured 

Helping Hurricane Victims: There’s an App for That

United States (FEE) – How a P2P app bypassed “Big Charity” and paid for the Cajun Navy’s gas during Hurricane Harvey. Everyone talks about changing the world. Gret Glyer is actually doing it. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, Glyer contacted the “Cajun Navy”—volunteers from Louisiana who went to Houston to rescue flood victims. He asked how he could best support their efforts to rescue stranded Texans. After chatting, Glyer set up a new project on DonorSee, an app he himself created. Twenty-four hours later, he sent the Cajun Navy $5,000 to pay for gas. Three days later, $5,000 more. Within three Read More

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