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  • Writer's picturebruce yu

ESpero: We Created An APP!

Updated: Feb 17

It was mentioned in my blogs earlier this year that I founded my own company, ESpero. We started by creating NFTs to document the cultures and historically iconic moments in Ukraine, aiming to raise awareness of the severe impact of the war on the rest of the world. A lot of improvements have been made. In short, we established a team consisting of 5-8 software developers and another consisting of 20 artists.

The Background/Problem

While we were just finishing up work on the first NFT project, Safe Refuge, an NGO founded by Ukrainians, reached out to us. After discussion, we agreed to share our resources on developing a new tech-based humanitarian project. Our aim was simple: to create an app that contains all the latest information about specific nonprofits in European countries.

The groups of friends we worked with from Safe Refuge

The problem we were trying to solve was that when refugees flee from Ukraine to different European countries, they have very high demands for all kinds of support: medication, food, shelter, part-time jobs. However, the information about the resources of each NGO at each location is different and vague. For example, the Red Cross branch in Kyiv may differ in its services (usually providing shelters) compared to the Red Cross in Oslo. When refugees flee to many different countries, their needs are urgent. They don't have the time, or even the ability, to scroll through different websites of different NGOs written in different languages.

Refugees all over Europe

The Solution

By collaborating with Safe Refuge, we managed to create an app with over 10,000 NGOs' information registered and verified. ESpero helped create the AI for searching the database and engaging in conversations with refugees in different languages on social media platforms such as Telegram. People can directly access the database by querying our AI on Telegram about specific support they are seeking. Additionally, I personally added information for some of the contacts and NGOs I worked with during my job in Norway.

What's more, ESpero also developed the website for Safe Refuge. Since our goals align in the same direction, we charged them zero dollars for this website. Instead, we encouraged them to invest the amount they saved from website development into helping people in need.

The official description of the APP

There are many apps that provide information on non-profits in Europe that may be able to assist refugees with their needs. One example is "Safeway for Refugees," which is a comprehensive resource for refugees and asylum seekers in Europe. It provides information on over 10,000 non-profits in Europe that offer a range of services, including food support, shelter, and medical assistance. The app also includes a directory of emergency contacts, information on legal rights and services, and other resources for refugees. The app is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. Official website of Safe Refuge: Home - SAFE REFUGE


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