It's always a joy to share the good news of our joint impact - and what better way to learn of this than to watch and hear it in a video directly from the beneficiaries themselves! Here's a link to a new video where the beneficiaries tell the story themselves - just added in the last 24 hours to Youtube. It's less than 2 minutes long - watch it now - http://youtu.be/vP0tjSjK0ew.The training that we are providing is definitely, much appreciated as the beneficiaries are learning vital skills. As Wuyatta says in the video, "I can now proudly say that I know how to make invoices, ID cards and so many things. I have also learned so many things about computers that I didn’t know before."She concludes by saying: "I want to say I am really grateful. I also want to thank the sponsors of this program and I pray that they will continue to do such a good job." More information and full report is available on Develop Africa's website - http://bit.ly/pctrain12This training was targeted at supporting key members of several Civil Society Organizations with the intent that this would help to further develop these organizations. There is a huge demand for this and we plan to offer expanded sessions in the near futureThanks so much for helping to make a difference in their lives.
Warm greetingsHere are excerpts from the report provided by AIDSL after the computer training funded by donations from Develop Africa and GlobalGiving donors.
The computer literacy programme organized by the Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID–Sierra Leone) with funding support from Develop Africa (DA), took place at the Sulisha Institute of Management and Computer studies at Regent Road. It was a week programme, starting from the 26th to 30th March 2012 (Monday to Friday). The training process was incredible and interesting, as the Sulisha institution provided the environment/ space, Tutors and training manual/ curriculum that covers all the three programmes (Windows, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel) and was distributed to each participant before the start of the process. These are the three basic Microsoft office applications required by every employee to understand and carry out their tasks no matter the individual’s designation. The programme targeted seven (7) Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) with very low capacities in terms of staff number and technical strength, which includes representatives from Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID – Sierra Leone), Sierra Leone Union for Disability Issues (SLUDI), Peace- Links Sierra Leone, Youth Action International (YAI), FAKS Humanitarian Relief Organization and the Door of Hope.The one week computer literacy/ skills training programme organized by the Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID–Sierra Leone) for seven Civil Society Organizations, with funds from Develop Africa (DA) was a success story. This was a deliberate attempt to contribute to national development and create opportunities for effective networking and collaborations for Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) in Sierra Leone.The main aim or goal of the computer literacy programme is to capacitate Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) in the three basic Microsoft office software applications to enhance administrative or operational effectiveness in their various organizations for better networking or collaborations.
At the end of the training, examinations were set up to assess the level of understanding of participants about the three programmes. The result proved that participants understood the parts, functions of the computer and the designed Microsoft office applications of the training programme. The training process ended in a certification ceremony for all participants on the last day that was done by a senior authority of the computer school.
Full report (PDF) is available hereIts exciting to read about young people being equipped with the vital skills needed for success in today's technology-driven society. Thank you so much for helping to provide this training that was a huge success! We hope to share a video from the training in the next report. We are also planning to equip a center with relatively new computers that will make it much easier for us to offer training more frequently. We welcome and appreciate your support that will help us provide training for many more youths and young adults.
Warm greetingsIn today's computer-driven society, as you all know, computer literacy is absolutely essential. This is increasingly so for the upcoming generation, who are trying to enter the job market. During the trip that Phillip and I made to Sierra Leone last year, we had opportunity to meet Andrew, the Project Coordinator for AID Sierra Leone. Andrew is responsible for coordinating the computer training sessions that we have been supporting through this project. I wanted to share with you a video where Andrew expresses gratitude and a "a very big “thank you” to Develop Africa and you - the donors who helped to provide the computer training. He explains in the video that the training has been very beneficial to the youths / young adults, helping them to secure jobs. As he says "we have people now working in different places". Included are some of the photos of the trainees. Watch the video.It's always great to hear good news of progress and that lives are being helped and empowered. This is heart warming. Together we can rejoice of having helped equip and prepare several young adults for the work force. This is significant as their lives will never be the same again. Thanks for helping to make this happen. We deeply appreciate your on-going support - that will help us continue to offer the training to many more deserving youths and young adults.The next computer training session will take place shortly. We should have some photos of this in the next update. With every good wish
Warm greetingsHere's a progress update from the field from a smiling young man called Abdul that is sure to warm your heart. Develop Africa in partnership with AID SL offered a month of computer training in office applications that helped Abdul transition from computer illiteracy to literacy. The training made a smiling Abdul "well equipped". Consequently, he explains, he has obtained a job offer and will start work in 2 weeks.Thank you donors for helping to provide the essential job-skills training he needed. The training provided the needed computer literacy skills and opened up a world of opportunity. Here again - Education, was a game-changer and an enabler.Watch Abdul's youtube videoOne of our other projects here on GlobalGiving that similarly focuses on computer training is taking part in a special challenge. The project focuses on providing enhanced educational opportunities to girls through a computer lab at an all-girls school. We would be so grateful if you could help us win this challenge by making a donation here.Thanks for your support and best wishes.
I am excited to report that in May, Phillip Sholes and I had the opportunity meet some of the beneficiaries who had received computer training provided partly from funds donated by you, our GlobalGiving Donors. We met the youths and young adults at the AIDSL office in Freetown, Sierra Leone. AIDSL is doing an excellent job motivating and working with them.During the visit we heard their stories on how the training had been beneficial to them. It was great to hear how excited and appreciative they were. Getting such training for free is next to impossible and we are so happy that we were able to provide this for them.Video story - Go with us through video to Freetown. Please take a moment to see and hear the excitement in Hannah voice's and face - just as we heard and saw it. It was heart-warming to know we made a definite difference. We helped enhance her skill level and her life. We are looking forward to providing additional training shortly and welcome your donations that will help us make a difference in the lives of many more youths and young adults. Thanks for your support
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