As the holiday season gets into full swing, Technology Partnership has much to be grateful for, and we want to share some of our successes from this year with you.
New computers: Our shipment of 160 refurbished computers cleared Kenyan customs in record time: 3 weeks, instead of the 9 weeks it took the last shipment. The computers arrived in Meru last Friday. John Kamwara (Kenya director) and his team received them and prepared them for distribution to our schools in the first week of January 2015.
Van: John Kamwara learned how to drive our van, which was funded by a grant from the Douglas, Wyoming, Rotary Club and Rotary International. When Barbara Bates (U.S. director) was in Meru this past summer, she was impressed with how well John drove in the crowded streets of Meru. Imagine learning how to drive at the age of 47, in an environment where drivers seldom follow the rules of the road. Kudos to John!
Leadership Team: During Barb’s visit to Meru for teacher training this past summer, she and John coordinated a new Leadership Team of teachers, who will take on responsibility for holding teacher-training sessions using TP’s newly created webinar curriculum tool. Our superstar volunteer, Ann Marie Elaqua, has developed a four-module training curriculum using PowerPoint slides, Barb’s voice, and short video clips to help our Leadership Team as they present the computer curriculum to their peers. Although our leaders volunteered their teaching time, our gracious board has allocated some of our funds to provide a small stipend for the teachers who elect to do some training.
Successful event: Our first major fundraising event, the Fabulous 42 Formal, was well attended and lots of fun! The 70 people who came out to the Posner Center for International Development to support TP had a great time and were generous in their financial support. We raised over $5,000 to support our projects and workers in Kenya who take care of our over 500 computers in 35 schools.
Technology Partnership is growing and gaining momentum in Meru. As the year ends, we ask for your help to ensure our computers keep working and our teachers have the support they need. TP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so donations are tax-deductible. All donations directly fund our Kenyan programs and partners. Our goal is to bridge the digital divide between Kenya and the United States so our friends and partners in Kenya can learn crucial technical skills that will enable them to join the world of global enterprise and lift themselves out of poverty.
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Your donation makes a difference in Kenya!
- $25 buys a 32 GB flash drive for one school computer lab loaded with “Rachel”, which we call “internet on a stick”.
- $50 pays for a refurbished computer, which 20 students will use throughout the day to learn computer skills.
- $150 pays for a digital projector, allowing 1 teacher to demonstrate computer skills to a class of 44 students.
Thank you for your support!