EVENT DATE: Jan 18, 2014
As globalization flourishes, our world becomes simultaneously smaller and larger through technology. The internet and mobile technology have forever changed our lives but there's a critical question about access. If access to technology is mediated by class, nationality, location, gender or any category, we as an international community fail. The two organizations below do incredible work to enrich and educate their communities. Both are narrowing digital divides. Please consider making a donation to their tech centers in lieu of giving us a gift.
In seven years, Shine on Sierra Leone has provided micro-loans for 7,000 women, trained 12,000 people in computer literacy, and launched a maternal & child healthcare center that has already served 25,000 members of the community. All of this while managing and growing an exceptional primary school.
Funding has been secured for a new secondary school and building will begin soon, alleviating the 18 mile round trip walk for middle school students. With funds raised from Ashley and David's wedding, Shine On Sierra Leone can fulfill its commitment to bridging the digital divide by spreading the benefits of digital technology through providing, free of cost, both the technology, as well as the basic training to students and community members.
On the other side of the world in Oakland, California the David E. Glover Education and Technology Center was established to empower community members through technology. Glover, a community activist, worked tirelessly to represent and support Oakland's underrepresented through a non-profit organization called Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal (OCCUR) for 34 years. As the executive director of OCCUR for 25 of those years he improved the lives of Oakland's residents manyfold. In 2013, Glover passed away after a battle with cancer and in his honor the David E. Glover Education and Technology Center was named.
Within the Center is the Computer Clubhouse, an after-school, community-based learning program that enables youth ages 10 – 18 in underserved areas to access cutting-edge technology and become self-confident, creative and motivated learners. It also currently offers an 8-week course designed to help beginners with the basics of computer navigation, as well as the relevant terminology. Students will learn the use of the Microsoft Windows operating system, the basic components of MS Word 2007, and how to browse the Internet and use email.
By donating to one or both of these organizations, please join Ashley & David in making the world a more connected and peaceful place.