How do you describe a cheeta running across the plain or a whale on a spy hop to someone who has never seen a cheeta or a whale? In the U.S. almost every child has technology at their fingertips. Have a question? Google It! But here in Guatemala,.in the rural schools, the kids have never seen a computer, much less use one. They have no reference outside of their remote village.
In the 10 elementary schools where we installed the computers during the 2013 school year the teachers report the students are eager to attend the computer classes and the students are learning quickly how to navigate the computers.
One more school will receive computers this month. The parents' committees at Candelaria have been working to prepare the computer classrooms. This involves installing electricity and painting the room. The teachers and older students are working along side the parents to ready the room.
Our Education Technology Project is changing the way kids can see the world. We install between 10 and 16 computers per school depending on the number of students in the school. That means for $400 you can provide 1 computer or for $4,000 you can provide 10 computers and 150 kids will benefit for the next several years. We install the computers as we receive donations.
Please support this project and make a donation today!
Nov 19, 2013
BRINGING TECHNOLOGY TO RURAL SCHOOLS IN GUATEMALA
By Lois Werner - President, People for Guatemala, Inc.
Schools in Guatemala resume in the middle of January, 2014. We plan to initiate our computer program starting in February 2014, and will install computers and train teachers in as many schools as we have funding for by December 31, 2013.
This entire project cost is upwards of $71,000 and we have only raised about $5,600 on GlobalGiving and another $2,500 from an anonymous donor. We have a ways to go to be able to install computers in all 10 schools. Over 2,000 elementary school kids are waiting to use computers in 2014. Teachers in the rural schools litterally have no teaching aides so being able to teach the students using age appropriate software opens a whole new world of learning.
Want to give a kid a computer for Christmas? Please donate today.