Entrepreneur for a Social Cause
Shubhankar Darbari, an IBDP2 student is working meticulously, with sincere planning and devoted time, since last four years to give back to community. Such thoughts, such efforts, such compassion at such an early age, don’t you think its extra ordinary? We think so too and therefore we are sharing with you his work, in his own words…
Hello, I am Shubhankar Darbari, a student of Victorious Kidss Educares and the founder of Aid2Needy Society (www.aid2needy.com) (Available on Google Play Store). Aid2Needy is a non-profit organization, which is aspiring to establish medicine banks all over India. It is a unique bank where well off people can donate their surplus medicines and the poor people who can’t afford the same can avail them for free via charitable hospitals. At a later stage, this platform would be leveraged to include other essentials such as clothes, books, toys, and food.
Giving back to Community ~ As a responsible citizen, one should give back to society in whichever way it’s possible; and via Aid2Needy, I have created a platform which will help people to do the same. The idea of Aid2Needy came to me when I first met Mr. Omkar Nath Sharma (a.k.a Medicine Baba) in 2015, begging door to door for medicines in Delhi. Meeting with him, I realized that this noble cause should be carried effortlessly in other cities of India using technology as a leveraging tool.
We Rise by Lifting Others
Back in 2015, the first hurdle I encountered was how to create a robust technical platform, which can support the donor and volunteer processes. I went to several IT training institutes, but the cost was so prohibitive that due to limited financial means I couldn’t afford, and as they say “The best things in life are always free,” I happened to discover Khan Academy and other MOOCs including websites such as edX and Coursera(online course website) which are available on demand. Using these online training programs, I was able to create a prototype quickly, and later on, I started development of the web portal on my own.
Soon I realized that considering time and requirements I will not be able to come out with the first version on my own within the stipulated time, and I couldn’t afford to hire people for this project – I was hitting the dead end. It appeared that I would fail in fulfilling the promise which I made to medicine baba. Feeling dejected, I decided to give it another shot, and met several professionals and tried convincing them to join in this noble cause and help me out and working pro bono. With their help and support, we were quickly able to build a good team. As of today, we have collected medicines worth over 500,000 USD with one center in Delhi and the second center in Pune. I am being advised by senior people in the industry to guide me and steer this society to a higher level.
Well Begun is Half Done
One thing which I have realized during this entire journey that for every problem there exist several solutions, all we have to do is to find the best solution. The journey has just started, and we will need the support of each and every one to make this happen. So join us in this adventure today, and sign up as a volunteer at www.aid2needy.com , or download the app on Google Play: Aid2Needy. App Link: https://bit.ly/2z93GYs