According to Washingtonpost source (https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/24/canada-an-inspiring-movement-emerges-response-coronavirus/) and tmbank post source (https://www.tmbank.com.au/thinkbank/lifestyle/caremongering-the-new-movement) Something is spreading rapidly around the world in the wake of COVID-19. A new Helper Movement called CareMongering is Sweeping the Globe.
According to tmbank.com.au, CareMongerings simply means coming together and supporting one another. In response to the Fearmongering/Scaremongering that arises following the current coronavirus pandemic, Caremongering was created to encourage members of a community to connect with each other in a positive way. The idea behind the movement is to help spread the opposite of panic, driving a real sense of community and helping those among us who are more vulnerable or isolated.
People from many different backgrounds are joining these groups to help others within their community,particularly those who are more at risk from coronavirus, in many different ways, including:
Going to the supermarket to pick up groceries
Walking dogs – or other pets – for those who can’t leave the house
Running urgent errands etc.
You can ready more about Caremongering from the 2 Site links posted above..
Helper is an application was created after our learning about Caremongering Movements created across the globe in wake of Covid19 Menace..
In wake of this Covid-19 Pandemic, We have observed creation of various Posts with various hashtags on numerous Social Media Networks like Whatsapp, Facebook etc. where countless no. of people, communities, Care-mongers etc. comes together to Seek Help or Offer help to the needy in their various communities.
All this Social Media and Care-mongering Groups are very fantastic as they assist in connecting and helping those who wants to offer help with those who needs help..
With this Covid-19 Pandemic, they are numerous People who needs help with their day to day activities ranging from Grocery Delivery, Elderly-Care, Childcare, Handy-work, Professional Services, Mobility, Transportation assistants, Help/advice on Police Brutality, Employer Racism/Marginalization etc.
The question is, even with other Social Networks, Facebook, Whatsapps etc in place, how do we provide the best environments to connect the needy with those who are eager to help. To this effect, Helper Application was born.
The Person who is offering to help is called the Help Offerer
The Person who is seeking for help is called the Help Seeker
What It Does:
Helper is a System designed to connect and match People who needs help with those who are willing to help them. It allows registered/verified Members to create a Post on the kind of help they want to offer or kind of help/assistance they are seeking for. To create a Post, one can choose if he/she is offering a Help or Seeking for Help and can pick help category type Eg Governance, Mobility, Health,Grocery Delivery, Elderly-Care, Advice, Police Brutality, Sexual Harassment etc.
Once a Post is Created, Other Community Members who are interested in your Post can reply to you to further discussions in the Comments Section. They can also Like/Unlike you Post. They can also send You a Friend/Chat Request from the Post you created and upon request acceptance, Both of you can can Chat 1-1 via Text Messages, Voice Messages, Files Sharings etc.
More importantly, The applications has rewarding System called Helper Points and Gaming levels to show appreciations and reward users for their Kindness and help towards others in their various Communities.
In the next section below, you will see how the apps works, how users gets rewarding Points and how the System upgrades Users from one Level to another based on the Users efforts and contributions towards helping the needy in their various Local Communities.
How it Works
Step 1: Signup & Login
Get Signup and be verified to gain Startment 100 Helper Points. Once signed up, you will be placed in Helper Game Level 1 and you will upgrade to next level from there based on your Help and Contributions
Step 2: Creating a Post to Help Someone
You can create a Post when Offering or Seeking to Help someone for everyday things. Helper Categories can range from Advice, Eldery Care, Child Care, Delivery, Transportaions, Grocery Shoppings, Opportunities/Careers, Professional Services, Racism, Sexual Harressments, Police Brutality, Handy Work etc.
Step 3: New Post Points Awards Updates
Each time you create New Post Whether you are Offering Help or Seeking for Help, You gain additional 50 points which will be added to your initial Helper Points.
Step 4: Posts Responses, Likes, Reply/Comments & Private Chat Integrations
For each Post You created, You can get Posts Likes, Unlikes, responses,reply/comments etc from other Community Members.
Again, each of your Published Post also allows other Community Members to also send you a Friend/Chat Request so that You can Privately Chat-up via one-one to share text messages and files in real-time.
Step 5: Earn More Points by Helping Others
Both the Help Offerer and Help Seeker can gain more points for helping one another. Eg:
- When someone Like your Posts, you earn additional 5 points, the Helper also earns additional 5 points.
- When someone Unlike your Posts, you loose 2 points, the Helper also earns 0 points.
- When someone Reply/Comments on your Posts, you earn additional 10 points, the Helper/Commenter also earns additional 10 points.
Step 6: Upgrading Helper Game Levels
When someone Registered and signup in the app, the System will automatically place the user in Helper Level 1. Upgrading to next Level depends on Users efforts and Contributions towards helping those in needs.
Helper Level upgrades is calculated from no of Posts created by the User and number of Community Members he has
made happy/helped via Reply/Comments and Likes. To Upgrade to Next Helper Level Eg. Level 2, an additional
100 Points is Needed...(Game Levels Points is Hidden from the User to avoid Confusion).
Here is Level Points is Updated.
- When You create a Posts(Whether Offering for Help or Seeking for Help), you earn 10 points.
- When You Like a Posts, you earn 1 points.
- When you Reply/Comments on a Posts, you earn 1 points
If the sum total points for Posts, comments and Likes is equal to 100 Points, the system will upgrade you to next Helper Level and so on.
How I built it
We start by gathering information's from the Public and from what we have learnt from the new CareMongering Movements.
The Application was technologically built with Socket.IO, Nodejs for real-time chat application. Jquery, Ajax, php, and Mysql for other part of the app
Challenges I ran into
Integrating Chat System to facilitate one to one chat messages and files sharing is not easy but am glad I did it.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
The application is fully working
What I learned
Its very important to focus positively