“People feel like they shouldn’t be rewarded for wanting to do good. It’s a feeling that you should just feel good about doing it by itself. But the same applies as to why we are in the situation where no one is doing good and no one is volunteering and people always have an excuse.”
“The NGO then sends it to GEM within 3 days of the event and we upload the spreadsheet on to the system and those numbers get rewarded. The person who has attended the events receives an SMS thanking them for volunteering and telling them that they have received GEMs”, explains Shields.For each event that you attend, you will receive 30 GEMs. It doesn’t matter how long you attend the event and what you do there, everyone is rewarded the same amount of GEMs for each event. “It is basically a token of appreciation as opposed to paying you a wage to come and volunteer”, says Shields.
“For the lower income communities the stipend goes a long way and for the upper income community, they are able to donate their GEMs back in to GEM where it will then be rewarded to other fitting users.”
“Normally we have about 70 events running each month, however for Mandela Month we have 90 activations taking place. It really is just a login away to attend an event,” explains Shields.Although this might be a rewards programme, the GEM Project proves to be a unique and beneficial addition to today’s society. For more information check out The GEM Project