What began as a simple call by Professor Yu Jianrong for internet users to snap pictures of street children and post it on Sina Weibo, the leading Chinese microblogging service, has become something of a revolution that is being talked about by everyone today. At last count, the campaign’s official account @随手拍照解救乞讨儿童 (lit. Snap a picture to save a child) has about 152,000 followers while @Yujianrong himself has become something of a superstar with close to 380,000 followers.
As the movement becomes more structured and organised, people have stepped forward to volunteer their skills in various ways. One of the more exciting announcements yesterday was the launch of an Android app for the campaign called 乞讨儿童数据库, or the Beggar Children Database.
The application is a very simple one that makes it easy for anyone who wants to send a picture to the campaign. Through the app, users can log on via their Sina Weibo account, snap a picture of any street kid they see, and tweet it immediately along with information of where the child was seen. The pictures will go towards a new database that has become an imperative with the large numbers of pictures coming in daily. It is hoped that this database would help make it easier for parents to locate their missing children.
If you have an Android phone and want to help, download it here. We hope an iPhone version of this app will show up soon!