In these uncertain times of social distancing and staying indoors, companies and individuals around the world are looking for ways to help and support each other. One problem that was brought to our attention is the fact that around the world, elderly people are isolated in hospitals and unable to receive visitors. Some hospitals have begun asking the public to send messages of hope that they can share with these lonely patients.
We wanted to help so we started the #lettersoflove initiative. We created a wall that anyone can write on, and whose content will be shared with hospitals. A couple of days after we launched #lettersoflove, one of the learners from the Changemakers programme, Gerard, came up with something ingenious. An avid programmer, Gerard made a Telegram bot capable of receiving and storing messages. The bot then automatically converts the messages to PDF, and sends them to hospitals in need. What’s more, he has been able to apply this process of PDF conversion to messages that appear on the wall we created.
Although it’s still in beta, here is a video illustrating how the Telegram bot works: