I am generally interested in programming, where I have even done Java and Python courses but find myself coding just to have fun. As I was tinkering around with code, I came across Dart and Flutter framework which allows one to write a mobile app that is portable across iOS and Android.
I started looking for an idea to test my skills. This was the time when there was massive panic amongst folks on how they will get stuff when there is complete lockdown due to COVID-19. And at the same time, our10th board exams got canceled and the school shut early, and hence, I had a lot of time in hand. That’s when I decided to build an app, named WeServe to help the elderly of the apartment communities and make it easier for them to get connected to the volunteers to run errands and help.
It so happened that right after I was done creating the app, some other paid programming classes were being offered in the community. That’s what encouraged me to offer my knowledge of Mobile programming classes to other children. A nominal fee of Rs. 400 was asked with a disclaimer that all the fund collected will be donated. Initially, I thought I will have one batch of 8-10 students to teach but the response was absolutely overwhelming. It was a very affordable deal as compared to what was offered outside. Some were way generous to donate more than INR 400 which resulted in a collection of about Rs. 20,000.
Every penny was donated to 2 charities, named OSAAT – One School At A Time (www.osaat.org) and PM Cares Fund.
WeServe app is currently under beta stage with the elderly team in Adarsh and being tested to fix bugs/feature requests. I plan to enable it for other communities, assuming the volunteer groups would like to have it, in between my schoolwork.