“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” – Frederick Douglass
Our project is concerned with cultivating the minds of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) in Ethiopia and Zambia so that they may grow up to be enlightened, culturally sensitive and globally aware adults. This project will install much needed technology literacy centers to be publicly available for all OVC in the area. We believe that promoting technology literacy among this group of children will place them in a strategic position to benefit both socially and economically in a world where the application of technology is becoming increasingly essential for improving one’s prospects for future success.
Dollars Raised: 116%
Deadline: Aug 31, 2012
Total needed: $2,000
Computers 4 Literacy ~ C4L ~ was founded in the summer of 2011 by Middlebury College students and recent alumni. The mission of C4L is to spread computer literacy among orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) by setting up technology literacy centers within OVC communities in the developing world.
We do so by raising donations of used computer equipment that we process and give to our community partners. We then work with them on developing curriculum that best suits the given environment. Currently, C4L’s community partners are in Ethiopia (Betesab) and Zambia (SOS Children’s village).
Until now, C4L was working towards securing equipment donations. We have received substantial donation of computers for these sites and we are using our office space at Old Stone Mill to work on the donated laptop and desktop computers. We are examining their functionality, reformatting them, and installing Ubuntu – a free, user friendly, secure operating system that includes all software needed for basic computer literacy skills.
However, C4L is still in the process of sourcing the necessary funding for the shipping of the equipment and setting up the lab facilities with the relevant furnishings and supplies. MiddStart funding will facilitate the successful implementation of the projects in Ethiopia and Zambia.
The implementation will commence in August, once the equipment arrives. At that point, we will travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Lusaka, Zambia to:
- Furnish, adequately ventilate by installing a ceiling fan, secure windows and doors with burglar bars, and generally prepare the space for the computer lab;
- Set up the computer lab with Internet access for instructor and limited student use;
- Facilitate a weeklong basic ICT instructor-training workshop – that will be tailor-designed with the aid of the Cambridge ICT Starters Curriculum – for Betasab’s local volunteers.
We are asking for $2000 toward the total estimated costs of $10000. The costs include travel, lodging, equipment shipping and handling, and computer lab setup expenses.
We plan to communicate with our donors through email. Donors who want to follow up with the project can use our official website – www.computers4literacy.org – or stop by our Old Stone Mill office to see the equipment before we ship it.
This project is included in these themes: