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?