Imagine being a student in today's world with no access to a computer or the internet, relying solely on the few textbooks and newspapers that make their way along the dust roads to your village - that's the situation facing thousands of students in Samfya, a remote fishing village in Northern Zambia. This project will help provide IT resources and training to over 6000 children by providing reliable and sustainable solar technology to Samfya's only viable internet centre for hundreds of miles.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In sub-Saharan Africa, 24 million girls are too poor to go to school. Poverty not only excludes a girl from school but means she may marry as young as 13, has a one in 22 change of dying in childbirth, and one in six of her children will die before the age of five. Girls living in rural areas such as Samfya, where families rely on fishing and subsistence farming for food, are most effected, with many forced to drop out of school each year.
How will this project solve this problem?
Innovations such as the Samfya Resource Center offer a route out of poverty. By accessing essential internet services, IT training and online learning resources, over 480 students a month in this remote region are building the knowledge and skills they need to participate in today's world. By equipping the Center with reliable and sustainable solar technology, you will be helping to train and educate even more students while, at the same time, reducing the center's carbon footprint.
Potential Long Term Impact
Approximately 6000 students, graduates and community members per year will benefit from online learning and computer training, greatly increasing their access to educational resources and providing students with the necessary computer skills and training to succeed in a modern and globalized world.
Total Funding Received to Date: $1,065
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 $1,065 . The original project funding goal was $10,000.