Kick-off and the Beginning of an Adventure

Action speaks louder than words, so help others! Ever wondered if the money you donate really reaches the poor and the underprivileged people of the world? The answer is no, not all of the money being donated ever reaches the effected masses of affected population. Some of it is either being used in donating the money to the masses or collecting it, or it ends up as becoming operating costs of the donor agency. So what do we do in this case? The answer is simple – use Anna!

Demola spring 2016 began with the Marshmallow Challenge, where we as group members first met each other.Our group is quite diverse with interesting six individuals, two experts in web designing and web development, an emerging journalist, an individual with social work experience, social media marketing expert and an interesting individual having skills from both engineering and management.

Our task is to create a web portal where we provide the platform for individuals around the world to connect with each other. The individuals will be helping each other and not going through the traditional process of donor agencies. This will help reduce the overhead costs, increase the efficiency and transparency in the process leading to the money being directly given or spent on those in need. Tommi Rasila was the one who came up with this idea of providing transparent funding and donations to people around the world. He has a wealth of different experiences under his belt. Together with our facilitator Joonas, Tommi will be acting as our project coordinator and providing whatever help we need.

We will be using variety of different tools such as web development tools, social media marketing tools, Slack and Onedrive for project management. With different backgrounds and skills we all hope to make positive contributions to this project and turn this idea into a realization. A long journey always begins with small steps! So stay tuned for more updates as the project slowly gains momentum.

-Ashhal

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Here we are! From left to right: Abu, Ashhal, Elisa, Ida, Miikka and Samuel.
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