The Jakarta Post
Charity does not always have to be about money, especially in this day and age.
One example is the no-money-involved online donation platform named gotongroyong.in that was created by three University of Indonesia students, namely M. Radhiyan Pasopati, Luthfi Adurrahim and Mustla Qanitah.
According to the official page of the university’s Faculty of Social and Political Science, the idea came about because young netizens, who were interested in donating to charity, were short of funds.
Based on a survey that the three students conducted in September, they found that among the top three reasons that stop people from donating money online were a lack of trust (40.7 percent), lack of money (38.5 percent) and lack of information (17.7 percent).
Gotongroyong.in’s homepage . (gotongroyong.in/File)
Here is where the platform comes in. After creating an account on Gotongroyong.in, users only need to choose a campaign and watch a 10-second online ad to donate. The number of views would later be converted into money for social projects, according to kompas.com.
Following its collaboration with the National Alms Agency (BAZNAS), gotongroyong.in has successfully conducted two campaigns, namely 1001 Sabun Gratis untuk Palu-Donggala (1001 free soap for Palu-Donggala) and 1001 Susu Gratis untuk anak Lampung-Banten (1001 free milk for children of Lampung and Banten). The latter campaign reportedly reached its target in less than 24 hours.
“Gotongroyong.in can be an inspiration for Indonesian students to innovate, create a project that will benefit the public and apply the knowledge they’ve gained not only to answer questions about exams, but also to solve problems in society,” Radhiyan said. (wir/kes)