Founding Story: What inspired your venture? Why?
My first inspiration came from the SUSI experience. During our 4 weeks in UConn, we had the chance to participate in community service, through that I noticed the importance of an organized volunteerism movement.
While volunteerism is a major cultural phenomenon in the U.S, taking an integral part of their identity; there is a lack of encouragement in Algeria to work together, give time to help those in need and build things in the sense of community. For a matter of fact, it’s difficult to find a list of active NGOs sorted by field of work and location, and most of the time, these organizations don’t even have websites to promote their activities. Many times I met persons who want to contribute with NGOs but they don’t know where to begin the search.
In another side, we noticed a growing movement of voluntary work in Algeria but it is not synchronized. We believe, by making this centralized network, we will improve connection between NGOs and Volunteers in a hand, and between NGOs themselves in the other. This way, the non-profit sector will be improved, more developed and valorized.