Thank you, thank you, thank you for making our first Global Giving Campaign such a success! We're excited to tell you about everything that we've been working on.
Many of the refugees we serve have lived in conflict areas for much of their lives. For many of them this means that their education has been disrupted and irregular. We have some members of our community who have graduated from University and others who can not read. Lack of basic primary school education is a real barrier to building a successful life in Uganda or wherever they are resettled. Because we have so many people at so many different levels in so many different subjects, we needed to look for a solution that could address the needs of as many people as possible. So, we are building a computer lab where students at different levels can learn the subjects relevant to them at their own pace at the most convenient time for them.
Lucky for us a lot of technology companies and non-profits have been working on solutions that make technology more accessible for groups like us- with limited financial resources, electricity and internet connectivity- barriers that would have been insurmountable even a few years ago. But, we are taking advantage of new products made by raspberry pi, Khan Academy, Khan Academy lite, and Matricom. We are also lucky to have a volunteer who works in the Information Technology field and is taking the project to a whole new level. We have ordered equipment, are building the server and working on the policies and procedures for users. We hope to be up and running by late July. (Here is a blog post on the raspberry pi website that explains a project similar to our for those interested in the details- http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/3829)
Another challenge that we have us space. At this time we have more people who want to attend classes than we have space to teach them. So, we are finishing the area behind our volunteer house and turning it into another classroom. We hired a refugee carpenter and his son, who both attend programming with us, to build new desks, benches and our computer lab. We also had the floor leveled and covered in concrete so that we had a level surface for our new desks and tables! Now, we can expand our programming and teach more students. This was a big job for our refugee carpenter and provided him with more than a weeks work and income for his family.
We are so excited about all of these new projects and look forward to what the coming months will bring.
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