What is the purpose of Kind Mankind?
Kindmankind promotes a world of global kindness. It helps to connect volunteers and kind travelers to grassroots initiatives directly that need help.
What does it cost?
Kindmankind is and will always be free for every party involved. We do not charge any fees. The information shared here is completely open source.
How does this help grassroots initiatives?
Grassroots organisations in poor regions who don't have the resources to advertise need our help. Kind Mankind can function as a platform where they can prove that they are trustworthy and reach out to volunteers on a global scale.
How did Kind Mankind start?
After Charity Travel, Kamiel and Yeon thought it was time for an easy-to-use open source platform for grassroots initiatives.
How did you make it?
Using the open-source drupal framework for web development, Kamiel was able to put the site together dusting off some very basic skills from his computer science masters. Yeon did some design. We wrote all the content and cooperated with some other websites to share their data with us. We would like to express our great gratitude to independentvolunteer.org and volunteersouthamerica.net. As for the future, we will rely on the voluntary contribution of independent changemakers (and we will set the example by reaching out very actively to the grassroots initiatives).
How can I contribute?
We are looking for enthusiastic people to invest some of their spare time to visit grassroots charities that need help or to gather information from their friends and enter them on this website. Most true grassroots are of course in the developing world. Typically, our contributors write about little initiatives they found during an intrepid journey. Consider writing a review - it can help the struggling initiatives a lot by showing how rewarding it is to visit them and help out. Let's help those beautiful coincidences a little.
Trust is always a mutual thing. How do initiatives know who is visiting them?
We think that changemakers will contact the initiatives first, writing some sort of application letter introducing themselves. The contacts forged via kindmankind start on a personal basis. As our community grows, we will be able to offer social control. Keep in mind that we encourage users to link to their "couchsurfing" profiles, that are generally trustworthy.
What is kindmankind not?
This is not a donation platform. We encourage independent changemakers to suggest initiatives on established donation platforms like globalgiving.org, idealist.org, betterplace.org, causes.com (network for good), and many others.
This is not a travel advise site either. You can find all you need on couchsurfing.org, tripadvisor.com, travelpod.com. and many others.