Thursday, August 27, 2009
World Flix, a new nonprofit launched this month, aims to link donors with need around the world by using You-Tube-like mini-movies involving interviews with people in their community showing potential donors what the money will be used for. The site will have a catalog of videos sorted by category (e.g., needs for food, water, shelter, sanitation or health care) that potential donors can view. According to this story in the San Jose Mercury News, each project is carefully vetted and videos will be added later to track progress. The site will specialize in projects needing less than $5000, and currently lists videos about a Ugandan hospital that needs $4,000 for mosquito nets, a Haitian water organization that needs $3,500 to provide a community with clean water, and a blindness prevention project in Tibet that calls for $4,000 to buy a slit-lamp microscope for new eye-care centers.