Center for Digital Inclusion

The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) is a global NGO that implements educational programs designed to expose disadvantaged groups and impoverished communities to new technologies. We promote social inclusion of vulnerable populations by using education and technology to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship, strengthen communities and empower them to transform their realities. Today, CDI has operations in 10 countries: Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Portugal, Spain, US and UK.
Jul 18, 2011

May a success story in the CEACA

My story 

My name is Hevelline and am 25 years old. The CEACa VILA became part of my life when my mother worked in the Nursery Happy Duckling, who like many of the mothers of the community of Monkey Hill, did not leave their children. I was a student and I began to attend daycare when I was two months old. That is very small. Once I was at the age of going to school, I came out of the nursery able to read and write my name. CEACA had for children and young people what they already did in school, but also had poultry, cultural tours and camp that I attended for several years. Already I have completed thirteen courses that were very important to me as I learned to scrap what we can do several things with the simple act of making the recycling of waste for example, Silk Screen, Tapestry and Informatics. When I was seventeen, I returned to CAECA for Ducklings Nursery happy, and there was my first professional job when I actually did a full course of informatics of 1 year and 6 months. I graduated Junior Technical Computing, this time I studied in the morning. I was a senior in high school and worked as an intern in the afternoon and night was day care informatics course in another neighborhood. I no longer lived in the community. I found another opportunity when it came to college through an agreement with the CAECA college scholarship. I had the opportunity to do it because I had this desire, but if it were not for this opportunity I might not have done it. Today I am very happy and fulfilled, for I am a person who CAECA VILA made a difference and changed the course of my life story. I think this, that no matter if my victory is triumphant in the future, the most important thing is to dedicate myself and do the best here and now, because the world gives way to who know where they want to go. I am very proud to say that I am a Computer Educator of the CAECA VILA. 
Hevelline Cristina Alves Brito. 

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Jun 2, 2011

Our impact - final report

Chillan course
Chillan course

On the 2nd of March the Mobile Telecentre had its final activity, with the graduation the participants from the computer courses which took place within partner NGOs in the earthquake and tsunami affected areas.  This graduation was very special for it took place within a School for Children with special needs, with the participation of a representative of Global Giving as well as from the Canadian Embassy in Chile.

The impact of the project can be summarized in: 

Over 1.000 beneficiaries during the first three weeks after the earthquake and tsunami, giving access to communication and basic IT services to affected communities, military and NGOs giving aid to these communities such as Red Cross and Hogar de Cristo.

5 NGOs and over 300 course participants benefited from the second stage of the mobile telecentre.  The 300 participants gained computer skills to improve their employ-ability as well as for their use in their current jobs and micro companies.  Each NGO also received a computer for their office at the end of the project.

We want to thank each one that contributed with a donation to make this second stage of the mobile telecentre possible as well as Global Giving for making this platform available and for visiting us in March.

All our best from Chile.

CDI Chile

Cabrero course
Cabrero course
Jan 18, 2011

The victims of the earthquake still need help

Mobile Telecentre
Mobile Telecentre

The mobile telecentre, in its second phase, has improved employment opportunities for people who were victims of natural disasters that affected Chile in February of this year. This emergency relief project was launched by CDI Chile a week after the earthquake with the support of the Canadian Embassy.  It’s continuity throughout all 2010, has been possible thanks to the partnership with local NGOs and the financial support obtained from Global Giving and the people that donated through the Global Giving platform as well as from our partners TechSoup Global, UNESCO and other organizations that have given their support.

During the months of June and July CDI Chile reached out to various social and community organizations in the affected regions to offer them a partnership where they could provide for one month, connectivity, internet services and digital literacy training from their offices to their community. In the month of August five organizations were chosen and participated in a two day training session to be able to operate the mobile telecentre.  Each organization proposed a Telecentre operator that has received continuous on-line training from the Academia de Telecentros de Chile (www.academiachile.cl) with their e-learning platform. 

To date, the Mobile Telecentre has operated in the following organizations and locations:

Dichato: Escuela Pública de la I. Municipalidad de Tomé with 8 people trained.

Hualpén: Hogar de Adultos Mayores San José Obrero with 39 people trained.

Cabrero: Fundación Terranova with 41 people trained.

Curicó : Corporación NAIM with 35 people trained (Est.)

 From January 3 until January 31st 2011, the Mobile Telecentre will visit Chillán, the last location of this second stage of the project thanks to the organization COANIL.

Also, positive results were obtained by the beneficiaries of the Telecentre, especially those who have been trained, with respect to improving their computer skills. This can be sensed by their feedcack, as the following by Carol Crisosto Cádiz.:

“I write to tell you that I have taken the course for Computer Users, and you have created great personal satisfaction which I've also noticed in my classmates. I learned to use Excel and Word that that are basic tools and that greatly help in different areas where we can unfold. I do suggest a deeper treatment on the details of the software. Also I learned about the origins of the internet, for what and how to used it, as well as e-mail and search engines in general and how the world is moving through the internet.

I tell you that I am surprised by your gratituity, something that is not seen every day, now a days that everything must be paid for and many time one doesn’t take courses because of their high costs, making one fall behind.

One other thing is that our teacher Crisóstomo has taught us with quality and warmth.

I appreciate the initiative, I hope that these courses are given more often and that we are notified via email when they will take place.  Don’t you think that it is time to do so?

Sincerely.”

Mobile Telecentre
Mobile Telecentre