This father-daughter duo created a free app called Photo Patch for kids to write to loved ones in prison. “We have designed the app especially for children. And it’s funny, Jay Jay, my daughter, I taught her to code when she was about 10 years old. And she created the app when she was 12. So, it’s created by a kid for kids. And that’s what shows just how easy the app is to use“, explains Antoine, Jay’Aina’s father. served time for illegal possession of firearms when her daughter was 3 years old. During his stay in prison, he found it difficult to keep in touch with his family.
Having taken code lessons during his stay in prison, Antoine finally decides to create the application upon his release by putting his skills into practice. Easy to use, all you have to do is create a profile to start using it. “The next step is to just type a letter, attach photos to it, and hit send. And the cool thing is that once they hit send, everything comes to us and we print it out, pack it up and physically send it to the jail or detention center where the close prisoner“, He underlines. Initially, Antoine had only one website, but when his daughter sees the need for an app, she decides to create it herself. Jay’Aina also teaches to other young people how to code.
In the midst of a pandemic, the application is running at full speed with around 1,500 users per month.