Saman Internet Center

by Project Esperanza
May 2, 2011

Building Finished, Now we have to fill it...

The alternative spring break group from Dartmouth College came in
March for their annual trip and finished preparing the building for
the internet center (1st floor) and volunteer apartment (2nd floor).
The leader of the community development organization for which this
internet center was built has been having to travel quite a bit for
work reasons but is creating business opportunities at home and is
preparing to settle down and work more from Saman. His constant
presence will create more security and oversight in the community
which will be a better situation for introducing the necessary
expensive equipment. So now what is left is the installation of
internet and a telephone line, purchase and installation of computers,
telephones, an inverter and batteries to give electricity when the
power goes out, a UPS box for each computer to protect them for safe
shutdown when the inverter loses charge and the power is still out,
and an internet center control program. There are community members
who could run the internet center, but it would be ideal to start up
the center in a way that an expat volunteer or intern with excellent
language skills and computer skills were to stay in the volunteer
apartment and oversee things, also serving to teach community members
computer skills at the same time. This way the internet center can be
launched successfully in a protected manner and members of the
community development organization can see its success and then learn
the exact practices that should be followed in order to maintain the
success. The end goal is to train the community members and pass the
responsibility over to them. If the expat volunteer/intern does not
run and oversee the center and community members launch it themselves,
it is not likely to be as organized and successful and efforts would
therefore be less efficient. So we are keeping an eye out for someone
who fits this role. If you or someone you know speaks excellent
Spanish (Haitian Creole also is a huge plus but not required) and is
knowledgeable with computers, as well as is interested in volunteering
here for perhaps three months, please e-mail

Thanks for reading and supporting!



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Project Esperanza

Location: Winchester, VA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Caitlin McHale
Winchester, VA United States

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