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Brain squad! Meet the Nigerian app inventors taking on the world


Brain Squad, a group of five Nigerian girls, has invented an app that helps less privileged children go to school. Ivana Mordi, Munachi Chigbo, Jadesola Kassim, Ayomikun Ariyo and Pandora Onyedire came up with this idea when studies showed that over 10 million children are out of school in Nigeria, with problems mainly from poverty. The app, Handsout, won the People’s Choice award at this year’s global Technovation competition in Silicon Valley, California. More than 19,000 teenage girls were featured. Handsout allows people all over the world to easily donate to Nigerian children and their families to help them pay for school fees, stationary and medication. BrainSquad is partnering with financial institutions to open a trust to handle all cash donations and are looking to partner with organizations and foundations to select the recipients as well as logistic companies to assist with transportation of any non-cash donations to designated communities. Handsout is a hub for children by children where donors’ funds can be directed to the children who need it, using charities like International Women’s Society (IWS) and Slum2School. Credible NGOs who work directly with children and orphanages around Nigeria


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