An internet pen-pal platform, GloPals, will provide an innovative way of connecting 400 students (total) in rural regions of the country of Georgia with their peers in the US state of Georgia.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Georgia is one of many isolated corners of the world, cut off by geography, politics, and economics. The 2008 war between Georgia and Russia drew attention to the incredible ethnic and linguistic variation which is prevalent in the region, underscoring the human divisions among these lines and the need for increased opportunities for contact in a wider scope. For a kid growing up in a place like this, the world is small, often going little beyond the village or the region.
How will this project solve this problem?
GloPal will help 400 Georgian kids (ages 7-12) learn about and share different cultural experiences, and practice a foreign language. The platform will create the opportunity for kids to make friends and talk without lingual barriers.
Potential Long Term Impact
Following the initial release of GloPals, growth is nearly free - free for any child or class to join and use and a pittance to maintain and add new languages. Thus, OMC-J plans to make the platform global in approximately a year within its launch.
Total Funding Received to Date: $734
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $734 . The original project funding goal was $21,000.