Geneva (ICRC) – UPDATE: Launch of the second ICRC Crowdfunding campaign
Following the launch of the first ever ICRC crowdfunding Campaign early October 2018 in Pakistan, the ICRC Geneva, in collaboration with the ICRC delegation in Cambodia is now officially launching a second campaign in order to fund the building of an outdoor roof for a basketball court in Battambang that will help the Cambodian women's wheelchair basketball team to train regularly.
Composed of female PRP patients supported by the ICRC, the team has qualified for the 2018 Asian Para Games. They are now dreaming to compete in the 2020 Paralympic games in Japan to show the world that sport, strength of mind and team spirit can make all the difference, regardless of whether you are a person with disabilities or not.
However, despite their enormous athletic potential, the team faces immense obstacles when it comes to finding existing, wheelchair-accessible in-door training facilities. At the moment, they can only access and play on outdoor fields, at the mercy of the scorching sun and heavy rains, preventing them from training as much as they would like and need to.
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In the meantime, the campaign in Pakistan aimed to provide free and comprehensive treatments for 400 children suffering from clubfoot, a curable congenital disorder, is still on until October 31st! Want to help these children recover their mobility and live a normal life? Join the cause and take action on www.crowdfunding.icrc.org
Armed conflicts and violence ravage lives and put significant burdens on local communities.
The situation worsens when a lack of interest or funds lead to insufficient response by humanitarian organizations. In response to these needs, the ICRC's new crowdfunding platform aims to raise awareness and funds for the places, projects and people most in need.
With just one click, users discover how they can directly contribute to the relief of affected communities through meaningful, concrete and easily-implementable projects. These projects are developed and monitored by the ICRC in collaboration with local partners.
"For the ICRC, crowdfunding and the use of online channels represent an innovative way not only to raise funds but also to connect and engage with new and larger audiences who share our values and are willing to be part of life-changing humanitarian projects," said digital officer Malak Jaafar.
Every crowdfunding project starts small, focusing on a specific issue in a given country. They are supported by online campaigns that last a maximum of 30 to 45 days.
"Affected people are at the core of the projects. They are given the means to participate in the design and development of the project and to hold us accountable during the implementation phase and beyond," said crowdfunding project manager Coline Rapneau.
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