Post By: “Joe Atkinson”

Recicladores – The world of Street Recycling

‘Recicladores’ is a common form of making money for poor and vulnerable people around the world. Rummaging through the rubbish and left overs of others for scraps that can be recycled and sold on for tiny amounts is a common way for people to survive. In Bogota on the streets it is a daily occurrence to see a guy walkingread more

Fundraising – Top Tips for our Crowdfunding Platform

Our Project Heros have been the driving force and energy behind the fundraising for their crowdfunding campaigns.  Here are their top ideas/tips for successfully fundraising your campaign with the Capital Smiles team – Before you go live – Engage with your crowd also before the project is up and running, let people know what you are planning to do and engage with your them on all socialread more

The Hidden Messages In Water – A Book Review

I came across someone who had read this book a few months ago and it immediately caught my attention.  The magic of water. A man who has been able to photograph the transformations of crystals of water after being exposed to music, words, pictures and more.  A seemingly very simple idea, the results that it went on to produce wereread more

Take Action – It Don’t Mean A Thing if You Ain’t Got That Swing

“When I was young – when TV was black and white, phones had dials, extract of malt was an everyday food, and even the most basic of computers was a distant dream – I spent a lot of my time in playgrounds and swing parks. As I’m sure many of you did too. On the swings, the roundabouts, the slides,read more

A Volunteer in Chumkriel Language School

The Volunteer In 2008 I was studying addiction psychology and counselling and of course as a university student I had quite a large summer break.  After looking at various volunteering websites where you seemed to be charged large amounts of money to help various projects I stumbled upon the Chumkriel Language School (CLS) website where I discovered that you couldread more

Capital Smiles is Live – Why are we doing this?

Welcome to the Capital Smiles Blog We are now up and running and raising money for four amazing projects in three different continents.  Thank you to everyone that has supported the page and helped out with the beta testing and if you’re interested in finding out why we are doing this have a read of this article below from theread more

Capital Smiles Crowdfunding Meets Joe

Bjorn had stayed with me through Airbnb and we quickly became good friends and squash buddies where games would normally be followed by chicken wings and beer. It was here when we would sometimes dream about project ideas and crowdfunding them.  Apps for stopping terrorism, travelling adventures and other madcap ideas. Sometimes completely bonkers and done with a hint madness.read more

A Family Addition From Brazil

I was a few months into my third year of studying engineering, after changing environment from Stockholm to Rio de Janeiro definitely made my life more exciting but I was still feeling a bit bored at the school bench and I especially felt a disconnection between the subjects I was studying and reality. I was constantly thinking of starting something,read more

Welcome To Charity Crowdfunding Blog

Great to see you, and welcome to Capital Smiles, a new way to do charity crowdfunding. Capital Smiles is a crowdfunding platform for charities, project heroes, funders and people interested in helping a good cause.  The idea originating from Bjorn, spread out amongst friends and colleagues began in 2016.  What better way to kick off this journey then with aread more