App of the week
Cases of child kidnapping and abuse in Thailand often make newspaper headlines. The case of six-year-old Nong Cartoon who disappeared early this year after her father took her to a concert near Soi La Salle in Bangkok was one example.
When reading such bad news of missing children, many times we end up feeling sorry for those unfortunate kids without being able to help, even though we may have clues as to where they might have gone.
An application called Back To Home doesn’t just give parents of missing kids new hope, but also enables us, the public, to be part of the search. Back To Home was created by a Thai developer who wishes to contribute to society. The app, however, has nothing to do with backtohome.org — a website for the Mirror Foundation’s Missing Persons Information Centre, which usually helps look for lost kids.
The app’s interface is simple. If you happen to find a suspected victim of kidnapping and want to give him or her a helping hand, what you need to do is to take his or her photo and then upload it through the app. The app will allow you to select the centre, shelter or organisation you wish to send the photo to. For instance, you may select “The Mirror Foundation” in case you want to send it to the organisation.
After uploading the photo, the app will also identify the location where the victim was found via your smartphone’s location service. You may also write down additional information including how you came across the child and why you think he or she is a victim.
After that, the app will require you to enter your email address for future contact. The photo and your note will be sent to the respective centre or organisation who will investigate the case.