Providing access to Information & Communication Technology (ICT) in New Orleans is essential to the revitalization of Hurricane Katrina-affected communities and the education of local youth.
Before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, many parishes in New Orleans were old, decrepit and sadly out-of-date as it related to schools, community programs, literacy of youth and adults, and computer knowledge. To combat this and rejuvenate the community, RI is building a Community Information Resource Center (CIRC) aimed at providing New Orleans communities with free access to the Internet, along with training to develop computer and technology skills - essential for the rehabiliation of the city.
RI's goals for the center are to encourage technoloy access & utilization by populations of the city that are underserved. By providing these services, the CIRC will speed up the recovery of the region and enhance beneficiaries' quality of life.
The CIRC will house 15-20 new computers and computer equipment with free access for the community to the Internet, emails, periodicals and computer training resources. Career counseling and training will also be available for adults & youth as well.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Hurricane Katrina Emergency Response
Information and Communications Technology
Educational Programs Worldwide
Ongoing Programs in New Orleans