Monday, 30 September 2013

Charity Submission & Bank Progress

In the past month, we have reached three of our milestones.  Our first milestone was successfully opening a bank account in the UK.  The second was officially launching Give Aid Direct.  The third occurred last week when we received some good, no great news from the Charity Commission.  As long as we made a couple amendments to our constitution document, they would proceed with granting us charitable status in the UK!  We are delighted - another milestone achieved!  It has taken us longer than we anticipated, but we have made it.  Now we are in the process of waiting for the official documentation and our charitable number, but it seems to be only a matter of time now.

It has been a good month and we are looking forward to October being even better.  I am currently in Angola and have spent the last week in rural communities.  I have seen children suffering from severe malnutrition that makes me wonder why i was so lucky being born where I did.  I've talked with women who have started small businesses using a small loan - some of these women have gone from success to success scaling their businesses in ways that I am in awe of.  I have seen communities who have built wells with locally available materials and have changed their lives for the better with some small technical help from the outside.  There are great things happening here and I hope that as Give Aid Direct grows, we can support people here too!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Donations, Fundraisers and Progress

We're off and running!   I spent the launch day very nervous, wondering what the response would be - would people like it, hate it, or be indifferent?  Would people open the email, tell their friends about it, or just hit delete and carry on?   I am happy to report that since our launch we've received large and small donations from lots of people from various countries, which has been incredible to see!  We've also received feedback from many people about how to improve the idea, the website, and our engagement, for which I am super grateful.

We've even had an amazing offer to fundraise for Give Aid Direct from two incredible people who are engaging in the screwball rally right now!  You can check out what Jo and Mandy are up to at their blog.  It has been a wonderful encouragement.

There is much work to be done as we need to implement the recommendations that came in through the feedback, we need to continue to find people to support, and of course, we need to drive more traffic to our website so that more people will donate.  If you are interested in helping out with spreading the word - please tell 5 of your friends about Give Aid Direct and let me know if you can help us in other ways!

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Officially Open - Today we launch!

The day I have been waiting for long time to arrive has come! We launched Give Aid Direct today - the website is open for donations, interaction, and most importantly feedback.

Please visit the website, tell us what you think, and perhaps you'll consider making a donation too? Even £1 will go to a worthy recipient and help us test that our technology bubble and string is hanging together.

We've put the site together to begin to enable person-to-person giving, while providing the dignity of choice to people affected by disasters. Through both cash donations and loans to individuals and projects, Give Aid Direct works to tackle the devastating impacts of drought, floods, food shortages, and other disasters, as well as the cycle of stresses and shocks that come with chronic poverty.

We believe in the capacity of individuals to make the best decisions for themselves and their families when affected by disasters. We believe in minimum administration costs and maximum impact, with money - not stuff - going directly to those who need it urgently. We use mobile technology where possible to transfer funds directly, saving time and ensuring accessibility to people in the most rural of places, and irrespective of literacy rates, infrastructure and security.

We love it if you would tell us what you think, consider donating, and share our site with your 5 of your friends.