Let's Connect Cuba & America
With your donation, you will help build two social apps for Americans to meet, create relationships, and fall in love with our network of more than 40,000 people in Cuba.
Every dollar will be matched by Knights Foundation at the end of the campaign. When you donate $50, we actually receive $100, so we only need $5000 from you to communicate Cuba and America.
You will have access to the apps before anybody else and you will be invited to our Thank You party, among other excellent rewards.
Now, please keep reading. I know you don’t have a lot of time, so I made just three short stories (3.6 minutes reading).1) My Story in Cuba
Hello, my name is Salvi, and even though Cuba is only 90 miles away, everything is way different there. Back in Cuba, I worked at a very important university, so I was lucky enough to have 10 MB of internet a month, a privilege that only people of certain status or very linked to the government can enjoy. Even with the recent relationships with America, and the opening of 80 wifi hotspots all over the island, only 5% of the people can access the internet, which makes Cuba the most disconnected country of our hemisphere.
To alleviate this situation, I created "Apretaste", a non-profit organization that connects Cubans to the Internet for free. We use Cuba‘s precarious infrastructure in very creative ways, and we created the first Social Network and the first Online Dating site in Cuba. We have more than 40,000 users in Cuba, but sadly it only works inside Cuba.2) Between Cuba & America
Did you know 34% of Miami's population consist of Cubans, or Cuban descents? The history of Miami cannot be spoken of without mentioning its rich connection to Cuba, but even amidst the normalizing of relations, there is still a huge disconnect between people on the island. A digital divide that our app makes a huge impact on.
Do you imagine if you could speak to Cubans directly, learn about their ways, ask where to stay and what to eat before visiting, and also share your values and culture? Would you like to know more about this mysterious island, and even find friendship and love? I believe this type of communication is key to allow Cuban-Americans to know their roots through unique socio-cultural exchanges with Cubans on the island, and it will change the lives of Cubans and Americans for the better.3) Our Solution
We will create a free phone app to include you into our very popular Social Network, visited by more than 40,000 Cubans in the island. Once you install this app on your IPhone or Android phone, you will be able to read comments, post, like, share and follow people from Cuba as if you were using Twitter or Facebook.
Preview of our Social Network app when finished (Click on the image to enlarge).
We will also create another free phone app to connect to our Online Dating site, where, you will be able to meet new friends among our more than 40,000 users from Cuba, and maybe even find love on the island as if you were using Badoo.
Preview of our Online Dating app when finished (Click on the image to enlarge).
You will make it possible for Cuban-Americans to find their roots in Cuba.
You will connect friends and families that has been separated by generations.
You will provide Cubans information and values that are forbidden for them.
Thanks to you, few people may find the love of their life.
Also, with your donation you will access these apps before anybody else, you will receive our invitation to our very cool party, we will give you credit to spend inside the apps and we will publicly say thank you on our website.
We need and appreciate your donation.
Thank you, again!
Executive Director at Apretaste