Holidays are all about spending time with loved ones and the Kindoma app makes it easy for loved ones to communicate with family who might live far away. Thus, even if you don’t live near you nieces, nephews or grandkids, you can read to them through Kindoma.
Kindoma’s suite of family-connecting Apps helps travelling parents, grandparents or anyone not at the same dinner table, engage with their loved ones from afar. Users can read bedtime stories or draw together on a shared on-screen canvas while separated – but the apps are only currently available on iOS. In fact, they have started an Indiegogo campaign to make their apps available on all platforms, starting to Android. If it reaches its goal of $40,000, Kindoma will make Drawtime and Storytime available on Android and, in less than a week, the campaign managed to raise almost $15,000 of its overall goal. According to the official press release:
Kindoma knows the importance of family engagement. Their applications, Drawtime and Storytime, connect children with their loved ones from afar on an interactive platform. Research shows that meaningful family engagement has a direct impact on children’s learning, motivation, and overall happiness. However, children are not getting enough of it, as over 60% of households have two working parents and one in three children live away from a biological parent. Kindoma believes technology can help, but not everyone has an iPad or iPhone device. Currently, Kindoma’s applications are exclusively accessible on these two platforms.
Moreover, Kindoma has partnered with Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto and American Prison Data Systems at the Center for Social Innovation. American Prison Data Systems at The Center for Social Innovation, a Public Benefit Corporation, is leading the technology revolution in corrections, helping to make prisons safer, cheaper, and more effective at reducing recidivism. Sick Kids Hospital is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive hospital dedicated to improving children’s health by integrating care, research and teaching. For every $5 raised, Kindoma will provide a month towards a Kindoma subscription to a family who needs it through their giving partners Sick Kids Hospital and APDS. One of the largest toy companies in the world, Spin Master, has also signed on to assist Kindoma, with a $5,000 contribution to the campaign.
Perk levels for contributors includes 15% off of a Storytime subscription for a $50 contribution, a Kindoma call with Santa for $100 a kid’s iPad Starter Pack for $1000 and many more goodies. “The heart of Kindoma’s mission is to connect families who are separated from their loved ones by distance, and we want to ensure we reach as many people as possible. The Indiegogo campaign will allow us to do just that.” CEO and Co-Founder Carly Shuler.
Meanwhile, for kids with an artistic flare, Drawtime allows users to draw pictures, play tic-tac-toe, practice the alphabet and more on a shared on-screen canvas in real time. The app makes for the ultimate bonding experience between separated family members. Storytime, their successful flagship app, allows parents and grandparents to read over 250 books to their children via video chat, with pages being viewed and flipped in real-time on both screens. Storytime currently boasts over 100,000 downloads, with users engaging in the app for an average of 15 minutes longer than competitive video-calling apps. Users who have created an account in Storytime can use the same login and password for Drawtime, without needing to create a new account.
To learn more and/or support the campaign, see here. To watch a promotional video, see here.