Many individuals and organizations have helped those who live in extreme poverty (less than $2 a day) by developing appropriate low- or no-cost ideas and methods. No matter how brilliant the idea was, it could only impact a limited number of people. Because of the (close to) universal availability of the cell phone and apps, we can distribute those solutions to a much wider group of people. Please go look at our website to see how we plan to do this. The need for the 5th Village library has gone from 'urgent' to 'extreme': all caseworkers, volunteers, missionaries, and other 'helpers' have all gone to their own homes, and the poor now have no external support at all. All the more reason to give them access to the information they can use to do better. What the 5th VIllage needs now is volunteers who will intelligently scour the internet for intelligent, sustainable, low- and no-cost, proven solutions. These solutions can then be handed off to our designers, who will create visually driven instructions (which we call 'books') for the library. If you think you can do this, I can send you examples of what we are looking for.
The 5th Village is building an online library with solutions for people living in extreme poverty (under $2 a day). We aggregate existing, proven, low or no cost, sustainable solutions which then are curated to individual apps which will be regionally and culturally appropriate.
Between the ages of 6 and 10, I lived in rural India where my father ran a factory. Once a year the factory would give a bookcase to 5 villages in our district. The bookcase came filled with publications from the Indian government on rural development, from good agricultural advice to health care information. My father used to say that 2 years later one of those 5 villages had made astonishing progress due to this gift. The new bookcase is now an app on the cellphone, so lets duplicate this model and exponentially grow thriving 5th villages!
Computers & Technology
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
August 4, 2020
Safety & Disaster Education
We'll take whatever time you can spare!
We are more than willing to educate you about what is appropriate, but we do need you to be able to fully imagine what it is like NOT to be able to go and buy expensive tools and ingredients