Mauwa, our tailoring istructor, measures material
It's been a very busy summer for the staff, volunteers, and students at HOCW. A lot of the progress we have made over the last few months was facilitated by our Global Giving funding. So, thank you again from all of us!
The first big news is that we completed our computer lab! Its a small space that utilizes some great technology that is perfect for the developing world- raspberry pi servers, Matricom tablets and Khan Academy lite curricula. In August one of our wonderful volunteers from the US worked with our Ugandan staff to set up the computer lab. After that, we didn't waste any time getting our students going. Currently there are 5 classes, each taught twice a week for two hours each session. For 27 beginners, the classes primarily teaches students how to type and use Microsoft Word and other Office applications. For 13 more advanced students, they focus on Khan Academy videos through which they can learn about various topics such as English, Algebra, and computer programming.
Just this last week, we installed wireless internet in the HOCW compound! (until now we have been paying per minute to use internet through a portable modem on each machine- an inefficinet and expensive way to access the internet). This is a big change for HOCW staff, volunteers and students. All enrolled students can sign up for time to use the internet in the hours that the computer lab is not being used for class. Even in the village of Ndejje, Uganda technology is ubiquitious and this will allow our students to keep up with the workd around them. Wireless internet will also open up more educational opportunities for staff and students- we are looking forward to exploring those and reporting back next time!
The women in the HOCW Community Collective have been working hard too. They have worked to define their goals and objectives as well as the responsibilities that come with membership in the collective. We were able to buy some new sewing machines and hire some of the women for teaching and leaderhip roles. The women are learing valuable lessons about pricing strategy, marketing, and developing new and unique products in response to their market. They have already found a few new markets for their products- one a tourist market and one a more traditional African store. We have very high hopes for these budding business women and expect that they are well on the way to supporting their families in a higher standard of living.
Thank you again to all of our supporters!
A student in the new computer lab
HOCW Community Collective, sewing together
Volunteers modeling some of Collective products