The world’s first app to solve global hungerBy World Food Programme
There are 795 million undernourished people in the world today – that’s one in nine people who do not get enough food to lead an active and healthy life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide – more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
The goods news is that hunger can be solved with funding available now. It costs just $0.50 to feed one child for a day.
For Sebastian Stricker and Bernhard Kowatsch, two managers at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), the statistic was mind-boggling. If it cost so little to feed children who need it the most, why isn’t there a simple way for people to donate spare change?
Taking a sabbatical from their jobs, Stricker and Kowatsch set up a start-up in Berlin to tackle the issue. They found that smartphone users outnumber hungry children by 20 to 1, and set to work on an app that would accept small mobile donations to specific WFP projects with a simple tap on the screen. The app shows users where children will be fed and provides updates on their progress.
To date, ShareTheMeal has been downloaded by 550,000 people, and over 7.2 million meals have been shared. The project has received widespread recognition, winning the Lead Academy’s LeadAward for Startup of the Year, and the Innovation Interactive Award at SxSW in the New Economy category.
Thanks to ShareTheMeal, the WFP has raised enough funds to feed tens of thousands of refugees, including 12,000 mothers and their babies in Syria, 1,400 Syrian refugee children in Beirut, and 20,000 Syrian refugee children living in camps in Jordan.
The current goal is to support 1,500 refugee children in Bar Elias in Lebanon, for a full year. To download the app visit sharethemeal.org
Image courtesy of ShareTheMeal
Last updated: 10th of August, 2016