Top 7 Charity Virtual Reality Experiences
Virtual Reality has come into philanthropic organizations’ favor lately, for its evocative nature of empathy from the audience. The following charity VR experiences we selected range from climate change, animal protection, crisis relief, to humanistic campaigns. If you’re wondering how VR is changing the world for a better place, give this list a read!
World Bank has been dedicated to revealing societal crises through VR. “Our Home, Our People” is a documentary project bringing light to the challenges Fiji’s islands faces because of the rising sea level.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The incredibly popular “V aRe Panda” video produced by the UNDP and Real Image Media aims at putting protecting biodiversity on the public agenda. The documentary takes the audience into Chengdu Panda Base to observe how zookeepers interact with panda cubs and perform their daily routines.
Greenpeace is a non-governmental environmental organization with offices in over 40 countries and with an international coordinating body in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Its Israeli branch joined VeeR in early 2017, and has shared their wonderful content about environmental protection with us. Here’s a story about melting ice caps and worsening living conditions of polar bears.
Smile Train is a charity organization implementing a sustainable solution to children with cleft lip or palate.
Nisha was born with a cleft lip, but her impoverished family, hanging on a couple of dollars a day, was unable to afford her cleft repair surgery. Smile Train helped Nisha and her mother embark on a trip to receive an 100%-free cleft repair operation from their local partner surgeon. With a fully repaired lip, she’s finally able to make the brightest smile.
SF-Marin Food Bank
The SF-Marin Food Bank is a local organization focusing on the hunger problems native to San Francisco and Marin. Surprising for most, 1 in 4 is at risk of hunger in the SF-Marin region, and the SF-Marin Food Bank was established to solve this problem.
UNSEEN is a not-for-profit immersive 360° video experience created to raise awareness about child abuse in the UK. Every day, children aged from 3 to 16 experience a certain form of abuse, whether it’s emotional, physical or sexual.
Children’s social services are being affected by funding crises, that 9 out of 10 local authorities are struggling to meet their legal duties.
This project aims at raising awareness for the urgent plight abused children and children-oriented social services find themselves in.
Vicente Ferrer Foundation (VFF) USA
Corporate Giving Connection (CGC) produced this virtual reality film on behalf of VFF USA, the U.S. arm of the Vicente Ferrer Foundation which is a nonprofit supporting women through education, housing, and vocational training. Their reach has spanned throughout 3,200 villages in Southern India and has created hope for the next generation of Indian women.
THE EMPOWERED is the story of three women and how the Vicente Ferrer Foundation has helped to transform their lives. In rural areas of India, a majority of women are illiterate. Girls are now sent to school but are often deprived of secondary education. Women are victims of gender-based discrimination throughout their lives, even before they were born. Watch THE EMPOWERED and be transported to the villages of the Andrha Pradesh region and visit with Anji, Nallamma, and Sarojamma to hear and see how VFF has changed their lives.
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