December 11, 2014
Founded in September 2014, New Story is leveraging technology for social good. Using their transparent crowdfunding platform, the New Story community has been able to fund two new homes for families afflicted by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: these families have been living in tents for over four years and will move into their new homes two months from now.
“Our goal is to build 200 homes by the end of 2015, and the future beyond that is limitless”, says New Story co-founder Brett Hagler.
Hagler co-founded the platform with Mike Arrieta after the duo volunteered in Leveque, Haiti with New Story partner Mission of Hope in 2012. They met countless families on their journey who had been without a home since 2010.
“Right now, these families live in conditions exposing them to risks of illness due to poor sanitation, theft, and violence”, says Arrieta.
The two friends were compelled to take action. Inspired by best practices in the technology and business communities, they put together a committed team to found New Story with a mission to end homelessness in developing countries.
Donors engage with a Kickstarter-esque crowdfunding platform and contribute towards a goal of $6,000 which builds one home. Once funded, 100 percent of the donations get transferred to on-the-ground partner Mission of Hope who works with experienced local contractors to build the home.
“Our approach goes beyond building homes”, explains Alexandria Lafci, Head of Operations at New Story. “When a basic need like shelter is met, struggling families can focus their attention on work and school. Families can progress socially and economically which can catalyze the upward mobility of entire communities. We are thinking long term. We are visualizing our role in ending poverty”.
This team is focused on crafting an unparalleled experience for donors to crowdfund families out of homelessness. Done successfully, New Story could help write the next chapter in philanthropy via tech-powered altruism for sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.
There are already a number of campaigners on the site who are giving up their Christmas to help fund homes this holiday season. Who knows, maybe you’ll be next?
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