At the heart of the most challenging year in recent history is the awareness that critical issues need to be addressed not just in the travel industry but around the world. The coronavirus changed every landscape, both physically and emotionally, and even made it difficult to see the silver lining.
One problem that has increased in severity over the past year has been world hunger. According to ourworldindata.org, around 697 million people worldwide are highly food unsafe. According to the WHO, around 10% of people sleep hungry even though a considerable amount of food is produced every day to feed the whole world. While 30% of food in the US is thrown away, hotels, restaurants, resorts and other travel destinations are highlighting their sustainability as part of their overall hotel brand.
In response to Covid-19, the hospitality industry has certainly looked at surfaces and airspace policies. However, since everyone on the planet is a potential traveler, more needs to be done to address the larger problem of hunger.
Parwinder Singh, also known as ProSingh, a teenage entrepreneur, developer and social media influencer, is dedicated to creating technological solutions that can empower the world and help build a better future. At the age of 16 he developed a fully functional Gooodr app with the vision of overcoming hunger in his country. In a spirit of hospitality, ProSingh has set itself the goal of eliminating hunger and malnutrition.
Gooodr is an easy-to-use app that allows restaurant owners to donate groceries with one click. It helps non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to find food donors in large cities. Once a partnership is reached, the NGOs can distribute food to people in need.
Parwinder Singh learned programming languages using Google and YouTube at the age of 13 and launched his first app, MoneyRewards, at the age of 15, which focused on helping teenagers make money on their phones. In addition to being a philanthropist, ProSingh has his start-up that helps small businesses grow through social media platforms. At the age of 16, ProSingh started “InstaEASY”, which was built from scratch without any investment.
“In April 2018,” ProSingh explained, “I entered a coding competition based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which consisted of GOAL 2 – Zero Hunger. As I deepened my research on the subject, I came across on the various facts associated with global hunger and malnutrition rates. “During the competition, ProSingh was able to develop a prototype of the app that won 1st prize. This victory gave him the right inspiration to get his app published.” I have worked on the app for a month, developed a full user interface and database and released it in May 2018. The app is currently used by restaurants in my city of Pune and various NGOs to obtain food. “
It is not surprising that such a forward-thinking young man is from Pune, as Pune has taken several human-run initiatives to become one of the “most livable” cities in India, according to The Ease of Living Index. Just two hours from Mumbai, Pune’s own sustainability comes from its natural environment as well as its human development to an important cultural hub.
The initiative behind Gooodr campaigned heavily for the needy and poor who suffer from a meal. Today, this app is used by more than 20 restaurants that donate excess food to those in need in the city of Pune. The next milestone is that the app will support around 1000 families every month.
The young generation will be the ones who will inherit the planet, rich in resources and problems. Current disasters seem bigger than in the past, but if there is something to be learned from 2020, youth resilience is the same resilience that got us out of previous disasters. ProSingh and thousands of his contemporaries will bring hope to the travel industry and beyond through their ingenuity and care for sustainable practices.