Donate Page updated with natural disasters from ReliefWeb database
Registry Page to donate products to Tropical Cyclone Sagar relief
Profile Page with purchase history
After a big natural disaster, many people want to help out by donating used items they no longer need. However, this can be ending up very harmful because these items take up storage space and sorting time. For example, 67,000 teddy bears were donated to the children of Newton, Connecticut after the Sandy Hook shooting which filled an entire warehouse. When Hurricane Mitch hit the Honduras, a plane of supplies was unable to land due to the surplus of used clothing, including winter coats which were highly unsuitable for the area during summer, were crowding the runway. Cash donations are always most appreciated but we feel that currently people aren't motivated to donate cash because they don't fully understand the impact of how their cash donations can help with disaster relief. To solve this issue we made a product registry which translates for users what items or services their cash donations are contributing towards, such as liters of drinkable water or hours of volunteer training. This way, a tangible real-world impact can be felt through cash donations and helps to support disaster relief efforts in a manner that helps them the most effectively.
What It Does
It shows natural disasters that have happened in the past few years, where they are, and areas they have affected. Upon clicking on a given disaster, it gives a description of the event and then shows the items that are needed for this disaster's relief efforts. Users can then add a given item to their cart and check out, placing an order and sending these items to those who need it. The user history is stored in a profile page so that they can write off their charitable donations as tax refunds, in hopes to incentivize donating to these urgent causes even more.
How We Built It
The front end web page was built using CSS, HTML and Bootstrap. To gain the information on natural disasters, we found a database updated by the UN called "ReliefWeb," that was able to provide us information about the disaster type, affected countries, and dates.
Challenges We Ran Into
What's Next for Relief Registry
In the future, we would like to add multiple ways to discover natural disasters to donate to. Some possible methods of increase content discovery would be
- a "trending" section to show disaster relief funds which have almost reached their donation goal
- a "search by location" section to show disasters based on location
- a "search by disaster type" section to filter results
We hope that these additions would help encourage users to contribute and learn more about ongoing disasters.
Becca Malcolm, Cari Liu, Cam Perry, Chianna Cohen, Mira Sachdeva