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App Helps Identify Indian Girls Most in Need of Assistance

In 2014 alone, there were 5,466 reported cases of human trafficking in India. Especially in West Bengal and along the Bangladeshi border, young women are often lured with false promises of work or a good marriage, and are then sold into the sex industry or indentured servitude.

Women in these areas are targeted because they have less resources to work with than other Indian women; they often come from poor villages where Internet access and even electricity can be spotty and hard to come by, making them desperate to get out and less informed than their wealthier peers.

One thing India does have though is a huge market for mobile phones, and with that, the potential for useful technology in the form of applications. One such app is called GPower (or Girl Power) and it allows young women to submit information about themselves in order to determine if they qualify for various government assistance programs, like welfare, counseling, or job training. The app streamlines the process of determining if a girl qualifies, and then helps her get in touch with appropriate officials.

So far it has only been tested out with around 6,000 families in 20 West Bengal villages, but according to Child in Need Institute (CINI), it has a lot of potential beyond that. It will allow NGOs like CINI to better locate and manage at-risk and in-need girls and help them avoid the dangers of human trafficking. India is a huge nation with a massive population and no single NGO can ever hope to serve the whole country. Technology like GPower effectively amplifies the reach of any given group, like CINI, and allows them to more easily pursue their missions. And globally, GPower and apps like it could be used elsewhere, especially in other countries with significant cell phone use.

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5 Fantastic Philanthropy-Inspired Mobile Apps

5 Philanthropy-Inspired Mobile Apps
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We often discuss the leaders in technology who double as philanthropic standouts, but did you know that technology and charity go hand-in-hand in other ways too? Smart phone apps designed with philanthropy in mind allow anyone to give to worthy causes with the click of a button.

Here are five fantastic philanthropy-inspired apps that put charity right in the palm of your hand:

Charity Miles. This free application allows you to earn donations as you work out. You can track your exercise miles with the Charity Miles app and earn 10¢ per mile while bicycling, or 25¢ per mile walking or running. After you’ve tracked how much money you’ve earned (for example, $1 for a four-mile jog), you get to donate your earnings to a charity of your choice!

Donate A Photo. This app is brought to you by Johnson & Johnson, who will donate $1 to a cause that you want to help for every photo you share on their network. Simply donate one of your photos to the Donate A Photo app (yes, you can donate “selfies”) and $1 will be donated to charities that support community development, child empowerment causes, and other humanitarian groups.

JustGive. JustGive is one of the leading charity-inspired apps out there. Free to download, this app will let you browse its hundreds of listed charities so you can make a donation to causes you care about. This app makes it really easy to give on the go.

VolunteerMatch. This app allows you to connect with one of the largest online volunteer networks. When you download VolunteerMatch, you can easily search for local volunteer opportunities in your area, and determine the ones that are great matches for you. So far 5,000,000 people have found charities to donate their time to through VolunteerMatch!

Check-in for Good. There are lots of apps that allow you to check-in at businesses using your phone’s GPS system. With Check-in for Good, checking in at your favorite restaurants and shops gives those business owners the chance to donate $1 to worthy causes! Locating participating businesses is also a great way to try out awesome local shops and eateries!

What do you think of these philanthropy-inspired apps?

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Rethink Breast Cancer Promotes T.L.C.

Rethink Breast-Cancer
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Rethink is an anti-breast cancer initiative that focuses on the under-40 crowd. Based out of Canada, Rethink is striving to “foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young (or youngish) women going through it.”

Part of what sets Rethink apart is its fear-free campaign style. It gets the message across in a positive way; it encourages young women to be active in tracking their own health without doing so in a way that makes them afraid to talk to their doctors if they need to. It also breaks apart from the incorrect assumption that breast cancer is an “older woman’s disease,” bringing light to the fact that many young women get breast cancer every year—and that their survival rates are lower than older women’s.

Rethink believes in a low overhead cost with high impact through creative entrepreneurialism. When people donate to Rethink, 100% of that money goes toward paying for education, support and research programs. They also bring in money through corporate partner sponsorships, fundraising events, and the Fashion Targets education campaign. They provide full financial information on their website.

A glance at Rethink’s “Who We Are” page makes it no surprise that the campaigning they’ve done is targeted at women under 40. Of the thirteen bios listed on the page, only one of them is male—and all of them are young and full of passion.

As part of their latest campaign, Rethink put out a video that encourages regular monthly breast health self-examinations in three simple steps: Touch, Look, and Check, or T.L.C. The ad featured several good looking young men who are promoting the group’s award winning (and free!) Your Man Reminder App, which sends women monthly reminders to check their breasts. The app features include Hot Video Messages, Reminders, Risk Reduction, Education, Get Checked, and Man-O-Gram.