Internet for Grootlaagte!
Organized by: Sophie Skoggard
As many of you know, I have been serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana since August 2015. For the past several months I have been living and working in Grootlaagte village – one of the smallest and most remote villages in all of Botswana. One of my core projects has been running educational enrichment programs at the local primary school - teaching students about sexual health, gender equality, healthy relationships, etc. One of the many challenges that the students of Grootlaagte Primary School face is that they are isolated in a tiny rural village, with no public transportation to even the nearest small town. These children are unaware of the opportunities that lie beyond Grootlaagte. We want to connect them to the world outside. Although the school has a fully equipped computer lab of hardware, there is no spot in the budget for Internet! Not being able to use wifi has sheltered the students and teachers from an abundance of resources that could vastly improve Grootlaagte's education program as well as the future welfare of the community as a whole. Here's how you can help! My amazing Georgetown friend, Ben Toffey, and I are running a half marathon at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe this Sunday July 3rd, and we want to dedicate the race to bringing Internet to Grootlaagte Primary School! We would greatly appreciate any donation (every bit counts!) in fundraising this Internet project. Any extra money will go towards the further development of an educational enrichment program that I have been working on at the school, which aims to spark children's creativity through music and art.