By Dunyang Li
When the children in the east coast of China are pursuing lifestyle of US and Europe, their counterparts in the west part of China are still suffering from poverty. Same as the future of China, the children’s circumstances are different. Although children in that area already have access to school, they are still eager to have books to read, gloves to wear and many more basic needs to fulfill.
Successful public campaign such as “Free Lunch for children”, “Western Sun” and “Sunny Library” have largely expanded the networks of school in the poverty-stricken area of China. On the other hand, two local crowd-funding platforms, Demohour (www.demohour.com) and Dreamore (www.dreamore.com), which followed the same pattern of Kickstarter and DonorsChoose have received two rounds of venture capital investments. The combination of these two trends is bringing an opportunity for these poor children in China.
Given both trends, it is desirable to establish a crowd-funding platform specifically for these children. On this platform, children can post their needs by themselves or guided by their teachers and parents. On the other end, the Internet user can quickly make a small donation to fulfill their needs. For example, if they post a need for a new $5 blackboard in their classroom, it will be paid in an hour by an online donor. This platform transforms the way people help the poor children and greatly increases timeliness, accuracy, and transparency of donation.
From the perspective of feasibility, given that seldom is there computer, tablet or Internet in these areas, this platform should support a low-fi mobile phone message system that allows children send request to the platform. Then coders or editors can translate and visualize these requests so that the Internet users can identify critical needs and make their donation in time.