The United Nations has released a groundbreaking new app that allows users to help feed refugee children with mere pocket change. While many charity programs offer opportunities for concerned global citizens to help those displaced by war and other atrocities, ShareTheMeal is unique in accepting donations as low as 50 cents, which is enough to feed a child for a day. Very easy to use, the app sends donations to the World Food Program (WFP), which uses the proceeds to distribute food to children living in Jordan’s Al-Za’tari refugee camp.
Al-Za’tari refugee camp provides life-saving services to approximately 80,000 Syrians who fled daily bombings and other violence in their home country. Many of them have been away from Syria for five years already. Children comprise more than half of the refugee population at Zaatari camp, 86 percent of whom live well below Jordan’s poverty line of $95 per month. As the number of refugees soars to unprecedented numbers, it is increasingly difficult for aid organizations to find the resources necessary to help them. And during winter, the need is more urgent than ever.
“Our current goal is to provide school meals to 20.000 Syrian children in refugee camps in Jordan for a full year,” according to ShareTheMeal’s website. “With school meals, we will provide vital nutrition and help them focus on their studies, rather than on empty stomachs.”
Yesterday I donated $15, which will feed a child for one month. After completing my transaction, the app showed me exactly where my funds will go – which may assuage fears people may have about where their money is being used. The app, which protects your financial information through encryption technology, was rigorously tested before it was released this week. Do you have some pocket change to spare?
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