I’ll be in Nicaragua next week and I will have a lot of technology in tow. I solicited friends and colleagues over social media asking for older, discarded or used laptops and PCs. They delivered. Big time.
In total, I will bring 6 laptops, 2 desktop PCs, 9 mice, 3 desktop keyboards and all the cables to make them work. Many of the machines received hardware updates, including refitted Spanish-specific keyboards. A new, dedicated office computer is receiving a huge performance boost with a solid state drive.
The machines are destined for Granada, a city an hour’s drive south of Managua. There, in cooperation with La Esperanza Granada (Hope Granada) the machines will support the mobile computer class in schools on the outskirts of town. The schools were built by volunteers and funded though donations. These schools provide the only formal education many of the impoverished children will ever see. The computer class is the first time most of these children even encounter a computer.
The goal of the program is to lay the building blocks for the children to pursue an education past the elementary level, where most drop out in favor of joining the labor force. Tough daily life forces many boys and girls to work to provide support for their families. It is very rare for children to ever return to the classroom.