Girls, Women and Tech in Guatemala

by The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.
Feb 20, 2014

The Hunger for Information is Huge!

Girls telling about their science project.
Girls telling about their science project.

Slowly but surely offline education content is become more and more available.  Last week a group of middle school students told the story of how they completed a science project using RACHEL, the offline educational content available from  For $100 the content is available using a Raspberry Pi.  As the girls have yet to have access to badly needed computers or tablets they shared a single wi-fi enabled phone.  One of them used the phone to access the content while the others took notes.  Using the information from the Spanish language version of RACHEL they were able to build a drip irrigation system using recycled liter-size plastic bottles.  Just think what they could do with computers and tablets rather than just a single phone!

The library in Xolsacmaljá, Totonicapán, Guatemala eagerly awaits your help in providing new computers and tablets to make the offline educational content available to all of the girls and women in their community.  The feedback that we are getting is that the greatest usage is for doing research for homework.  RACHEL allows users to search Wikipedia without having access to the internet and to watch Khan Academy math and science videos in Spanish WITHOUT internet.  We look forward to being able to offer technology based educational content to everyone with an interest and there are many.

Library waiting for tech has a new paint job.
Library waiting for tech has a new paint job.



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The Frances and Henry Riecken Foundation, Inc.

Location: Princeton, NJ - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Paco Alcaide
Jocotenango, Sacatepequez Guatemala
$235 raised of $5,000 goal
6 donations
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