Problem & Call to action
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Project C.A.R.E is a crowd-sourced effort to eradicate child-begging.
See a child begging on the streets? Would you give them 20 Rs. or would you rather give them a future? After traveling and returning back to Pakistan, we realized that children begging on the streets is not normal. Only in Pakistan are these future doctors, engineers, and entreprenuers — being ignored.
We wanted to help eliminate this terrible practice, but imagine our surprise when we discovered that the law already exists to curb it. This SDG Hackathon gave us the ability to use our technology for good.
As a citizen of this country, and as a human-being you must ask yourself: Why are there children still begging on the streets?
There are Laws
36/36A "If a person employs a child for begging or causes a child to beg"...or "employs or incites a child to sell goods with the intention of begging"..."he shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years"..."with fine which may extend to one hundred thousand rupees"
24 "A child protection officer may take into custody a destitute and neglected child and produce him along with the complaint before a court within twenty four hours of taking the child into such custody"
“‘protection’ means shelter, maintenance, education, healthcare and well-being of a destitute and neglected child…”
There is an Organization
In order to provide care, rehabilitation, education and training to the destitute and neglected children, Government of the Punjab established Child Protection and Welfare Bureau in March, 2004.
Not only this but a child protection court has also been established which addresses the issues like custody and legal reunification of the children with their parents.
A child helpline has also been set up which provides guidance, help and coordination for their rescue and protective custody.
This is a social problem, and YOU can fix it
With the Project C.A.R.E App, you can navigate through a set of instructions that you can check off and take steps to have the child reported and further take actions against the child's handler.
What it does
Project C.A.R.E is a web application that helps responsible citizens report children that they encounter begging on the streets. It guides them through a set of questions to ask, and the appropriate actions to take to file a strong complaint, that the Child Protection & Welfare Bureau can use to take custody of and ultimately save the child.
How we built it
We built is using React.js optimized for fast prototyping via Gatsby.js. It took us about 40% of our time planning the application itself, before we started coding. It was stressful at times, but we persevered and finished it.
Challenges we ran into
The time constraint is always a problem at hackathons. We started hoping to build packaged iOS and Android applications with inbuilt recording capabilities that would render reports, and give us leaderboards, and analytics but because of time constraints we built a client-side web application that works with a large number of devices, but was fast to make.
We hoped to create a back-end, but ultimately with only one technical engineer, that became a challenge.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The app works, it's intuitive, it's beautiful, and we believe it'll be used regardless of how it ranks in the hackathon.
What we learned
We're wonderful friends and we make a great team. We also learnt how to network, pitch, gamify our apps, and we made a lot of new friends during the hackathon as well.
What's next for Project C.A.R.E
When we find time again, we'll work on adding:
- A backend
- Bundle and upload iOS and Android apps
- Add in-app recording capabilities
- Create leaderboards and incentivization programs
- Support from Government programs and NGOs
All original content imagery is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
All code is released under the AGPL v3.