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Bantu app

A User Friendly digital innovation targeting individuals fleeing violence to equip them with learning resources and access to finance.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

A web based application that is accessible on phones, tablets and computers that reunites displaced families as well as keep them aware about their loved one's status eg. location, access education on the go with tailor made resources and empower them to access finance through block-chain powered transactions. Families and Humanitarian Organizations would make an account and post about a person who is missing and through the help of people in that location they would get feed back about the missing person. Families will be able to send their loved ones money over the platform instantly, this mechanism goes by the name mobile money and is very popular in countries like Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Madagascar. Mobile Money is an electronic wallet service. This is available in many countries and allows users to store, send, and receive money using their mobile phone. The safe and easy electronic payments make Mobile Money a popular alternative to bank accounts. Curriculum from different communities will be accessible to users no matter where they are. The platform will have basic education and more available at the fingertips of this category of people and will enable them to further themselves in their studies. Important news feed will be available to people specially from areas they have fled.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

People fleeing all forms of violence and natural disasters because while doing so its hard to keep up with loved ones access education and finance at the same time. Their predicament means that they remain vulnerable because they are out of touch with an ever evolving global village. They remain an important resource and therefore need to be empowered to achieve their goals and contribute to global peace. Their stories of resilience while staying alive can become a reference point for many on the verge of giving up in peaceful areas.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Violence seeks to disunite communities and therefore isolate them limiting their capacity to regroup and take control of their destiny. This innovation addresses the fundamental requirements of humanity by equipping everyone with access to self help resources. This platform allows many fleeing from different parts of the world for example refugees form Syria connecting with many of their families or friends to Europe or America. Incase of epidemic breakout realtime information can be of help to stem the scourge of the infection.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Initial Design: I am exploring the idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.

Expertise in sector

  • 3-5 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered company.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I am a refugee from Eritrea living in Uganda who develops softwares for a living. I have expirienced first hand what it means to be displaced and the challenges my community has faced which includes reuniting families after saving my country men in both Libya and Sudan from the hands of human-traffickers. Meeting and working with somebody who has never met or seen his father has only fueled my desire to establish a platform through which families can be reunited and access education.

Geographic Focus

Areas that are experiencing conflicts and disasters around the world.

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

The app will be fully developed and functional in 36 months.

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No
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Andrew Salema Ludigo

Role added on team:

"A visual artist, business man and and peace advocate. He is also a Mandela Washington Fellow. He has worked in numerous capacities in utilizing art as therapy in schools locally and internationally specifically targeting children with learning problems. He has been involved in numerous campaigns to promote peace which include “I pledge peace Uganda” in 2016 during elections “I choose peace” with Amani Leo and Still Standing under Uganda Muslim Youth Development Forum."

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Bagalana Ali

Role added on team:

"A visual artist (Photographer, Painter), businessman, Advertiser/Concept development specialist and peace advocate. He has used his business to host different programs of Amani Leo (Peace Campaign), photography, production of music and podcast."

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Good job Nahom Am honoured to be apart of such an amazing initiative.