OUR STORY   WHAT DRIVES US
OUR STORY   HOW WE STARTED
Vulnerable people in emergency scenarios are often stripped of their dignity and self-determination. Assistance often comes too late, disconnected with people’s real needs. Aid workers struggle to keep up with the changing situation on the ground.
Having witnessed this first-hand, we think aid delivery works when it is supported by a system that:
Encourages solidarity between recipients and aid workers
Respects the needs of the recipients through choice
Reflects best practice in humanitarian logistics.
THAT'S WHY WE CREATED BOXTRIBUTE.
Our story begins in autumn 2016, at the height of the European refugee crisis, in a camp in Northern Greece.
We are volunteers with a Norwegian NGO tasked with distributing donations like clothes, hygiene products, and food to refugees. It was chaos for everyone involved. The situation had to change.
We created a system where through our web-app, a free shop was opened where all beneficiaries could have the same fair choice. Volunteers knew what items were available and where. Coordinators gave out virtual currency and tracked what was bought with it.
It was a great success! The shop changed how volunteers and refugees interacted - it became a place where everyone liked to go. To help other vulnerable communities, we had the dream to support many other humanitarian organizations with this system so that they could experience the same success.