Helpchain

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Charitable giving is in a shaky state, a recent survey found.

Almost 20 percent of people don’t donate because they lack trust in the institution, and another 5 percent don’t give simply because they aren’t sure how to donate, according to a 2017 study by the Charities Aid Foundation.

To address these issues, a team of developers from IBM CIO Brazil – Eduardo Luiz Lopes, Leonardo Gomes Maciel, Leoni Murilo de Lima, Vinicius D. L. Teixeira, and Paulo E. Goncalves Jr. – rallied together to create a blockchain-based solution as part of the 2018 Global Call for Code challenge.

The “Helpchain” app is an easy-to-use mobile application providing transparency for donors as they try to help victims of natural disasters. It uses variety of IBM Cloud services, including the IBM Blockchain platform, enabling the tracking of transactions, fundraising, and NGO expenditures for all parties involved.

Why should I contribute?

“People don’t donate because they don’t trust their money will be used correctly, don’t believe their donation can make a difference or don’t even know how to donate,” Maciel said. “We created the app to solve those three main areas.”

What technology problem will I help solve?

The application has two feeds. One has real-time disaster alerts, showing the location and number of people potentially affected, and the other feed tracks the locations already receiving donations. In the donation field, the user can select the disaster and NGO involved that he or she would like to support. Once the donation is placed, the user can track where and how the money is being used.

How will Helpchain help my community?

“NGOs do an amazing job helping those in need and if we can increase the trust in their work, they can help even more people,” Lopes said.