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Review for Laptops To Lesotho Inc., Wayan, ID, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We are a small young organization but we have already made significant strides in improving the lives of the children in Ketane, Lesotho.

So what sets us apart, and why should you support our work? We have an amazingly talented group of volunteers who are tenacious, energetic, and passionate about our mission. Most have lived and worked in the Ketane community, so we have first-hand knowledge of the immense need for our help and the great potential for improvement, as well as the obstacles we face. We've seen what other aid organizations have tried, what has worked, and what hasn't, and we've learned from their mistakes.

We built a strong organizational foundation and integrated our work into the community at a pace the community is able to absorb and support. We have spent a great deal of time ensuring that the local community is completely engaged and directly invested in the success of this project. Local teachers and principals hold positions of leadership in our organization, and we mentor and train them so they can run the program effectively. We know from experience that this local support and participation is critical to making long-lasting changes.

We have worked with the teachers and the principal, helping them to write detailed rules and regulations for the project along with contracts and fine schedules that each teacher, student, and parent or guardian of a student must sign in order to participate in this program. These documents clarify exactly what each persons responsibilities are in addition to how they will benefit from the program.

We have spent time intensively training the teachers not only in computer skills but also how to use computers in the classroom to enhance the existing curriculum, and we are helping them develop lesson materials with the computers.

I hope you will give us a chance to continue the work we've started to help the children of Ketane.

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What is this organization's top short-term priority?

to strengthen the existing program at Nohana Primary School. We are doing this with more extensive computer training for teachers, grant-writing training for the principal and teachers, development of classroom materials, and distribution of more XO laptops to the school.

What is its top priority in the long run?

breaking the vicious cycle of illiteracy, poverty, and disease that lead to early death by providing high-quality education and job skills to children in rural Lesotho.

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Role:  Board Member & I am Co-Founder and President. I do fundraising and coordinate team member activities.