Remember when you broke your leg and had to stay at home with your fractured leg and couldn’t get outside the house and have fun with your friends? Remember how dull those weeks were? What if I told you that there are people who live their whole lives like that, not just for a couple of weeks.
There are people who are in need of help every day more than you think through their daily life. It might be even for the simplest errands like getting out of the house for some fresh air. Unfortunately, they sometimes don’t find that help easily like you did when you were a child.
Until this brilliant app appeared.
What Is Helpee?
Helpee is an Egyptian startup that provides paid and voluntary services to persons with determination in their daily activities, which helps them live their life to the fullest. This helps them face everyday challenges easily through helpers who aid them in traveling, communicating with others, working and participating in social and recreational activities, all using a single mobile application.
Brilliant, isn’t it?
Helpee is very easy to use. You can choose to either request a helper or professional helper and schedule the time and date you want. There’s also have a map to locate your location easily, explain what is your task, and how much time it might take.
That’s not the only good thing.
Another great feature of this app is that it lets the user choose between a paid helper or a voluntary one! Imagine someone who can’t reach for help and has to face his own challenges alone because he cannot pay! Well, Helpee was created for that, too.
في 1 من كل 6 أشخاص في مصر ذو قدرات خاصة، بيدور على شخص يساعده في مهام يومه. في نفس الوقت اللي ممكن يكون عندك وقت في يومك…
Furthermore, to gain more insights about how they can enhance their services for wheelchair users, Helpee showcased the idea in the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.
Helpee has been selected to showcase the project in Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019#Helpee #SpecialOlympics #BeUnified #Meet_The_Determined
Meet the heroes behind Helpee!
Sara Mahmoud, CBO, and Co-Founder of Helpee.
Abdel Rahman ElShorbagy, CTO.
Anwar Aly, COO.
The four co-founders behind Helpee met on September 2018, and started building their startup as part of the UNDP’s competition “Youth Leadership Programme.”
They came first place and soon they’ll be competing at the regional league. The UNDP helped them reach out to sports clubs specified for people with disabilities to test and eventually validated their product.
Helpee has also won first place at VodafoneEgypt #Hackathon and got their first fund of EGP 120,000.
We called Sara Mahmoud, CBO, and Co-Founder of Helpee to know more info about how they run their app.
First things first, before hiring someone as a helper, they run all necessary security procedures and check his/her criminal record to ensure the safety of clients at all times. To add more safety, helpers have tracking devices during the help session so users would feel safe they are being watched.
Plus, they have online streaming of the entire help session so they can monitor how the helper is interacting with the helpee and to ensure safety.
Before a helper starts his/her job, Helpee founders present a UN-verified curriculum on how to help and deal with wheelchair users.
Not only that, Helpee co-founders are planning to launch an online store for spare parts for wheelchairs.
كل يوم بيعدي عليك نفس التحديات تقريبا ، طلوع السلم أو نزوله، إنك تروح شغلك أو جامعتك، أو حتى إنك تضطر تقف في طابور طويل…
Plans for Expansion
Helpee is currently operating in Cairo, so if you’re in Cairo you are lucky Helpee is at your service now. But if you are outside of Cairo, don’t worry, they are planning to expand to other governorates, and hopefully, later to cover the Middle East.
Helpee wants to build a core team of helpers to make sure they’re providing their users with high-quality service, thus they are working on their ISO certification.
Every day a new sun rises for someone for a particular reason its when he says “ I guess it’s my day! “ and for today the sun has risen for the ones who need some more attention. Our community will only rise by caring for each other and helping those who need help. Thanks to Helpee, we can now start helping those who really need help and might not easily find it or even ask for it. Wheel-chaired and disable ones are part of our community, so let’s help them live their lives to the fullest.