Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | August 29, 2013

NYU student designed app to reunite lost children in war zones with families.

During five visits to Uganda, Jorge Just noted that the systems used by aid organizations to help lost children depended on legwork, picture walls, and paper forms manually entered into large databases.

As his Master’s thesis, in a class called “Design for UNICEF,”, at New York University, Jorge devised RAPIDFTR (Rapid Family Tracing and Unification), a way to add a child to the system with bits of information. If a child cannot give their full name, or is too young or too scared speak, a photo alone can help.

At least 70 children in Uganda have been reunited with their families through the app so far.

Jorge now works at UNICEF as an employee.

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