About the Program
We believe that in this day and age, it’s crucial for students all over the world to be computer literate. We wanted to provide resources to these students in Kenya so that they may further their education and hopefully bring advanced skill to the workforce of Kenya once they graduate. In fall 2010, we launched a program at one of our partner schools: Ogilgei Primary School. This program, we hoped, would provide computers for a school with 720 pupils, giving them access to skills that are necessary in the modern world. In May, 2011, Computers 4 Hope was completed. Computers 4 Hope brought 10 computers to Ogilgei Primary School, which were delivered and installed with help from the 7 members of Hope 4 Africa who made the Kenya Summer 2011 trip.
The provision of computers will increase and retain high enrollment of pupils in the school and help them be self-reliant in that those who will be unable to further their education will possess some skills that are necessary to open up small businesses like cyber cafes. Moreover, during the holidays when the school will not be in session, the computer lab will be available for the rest of the community members. After witnessing the success of the program, the board approved Ogilgei secondary school’s proposal to provide computers at their school.
Ogilgei Primary School computer program
$2,937.50 purchase of 10 computers with necessary accessories.
$437.50 for Insurance, maintenance and reinforcement for a burglary-resistant computer lab in 2011-2012
$762.50 for Insurance maintenance of the computers in 2012-2013
$4,137.50 total cost for the program.
**There will be a recurring annual cost of around $800 which will cover repair/maintenance, an extended warranty, and insurance.
Ogilgei Secondary School computer program
$4,200 estimated for purchase of 10 computers and other related needs for the program
October 2010: We raised $2430.90 in one week to help provide 10 computers! We were able to raise this money through a partnership with Tipping Bucket, a non-profit organization that features various projects on its website that need funding. Thanks to everyone who helped out!
May 2011: Moses and 6 students helped to complete this program, bringing the computers to Ogilgei Primary School!
May 2012: A year after the completion of the program, all computers are still fully functioning. A volunteer teacher is managing the computer lab and offering computer lessons to students in grade 5 – 8. This is an incentive for the younger students to continue with their education to be able to receive the computer lessons. The teacher developed a comprehensive syllabus for each class and at the end of 8th grade the students are provided with certificates as proof of completion of the computer lessons.