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Laptops to Lesotho Inc.
May 27, 2010

I was a PCV in Lesotho from 2007-09. When I first arrived at Ketane, a group of teachers approached me and asked me if I would please teach them computers because they and their students were lacking skills and far behind others from big cities. Living in remote Ketane, which is a 10 hour taxi from the capital, I thought they were joking. Eventually, the idea grew. 7 months later we were all crowded around my laptop in my small mud hut learning the basics of computers because an area bishop had given me a small solar panel for the project. This eventually grew into the first ever computer school in the area and the school now has a large 120w solar panel and 4 computers for approximately 300 children. Of course this is not enough! Janissa Balcomb, a RPCV from Lesotho formed a non-profit to build this computer school and others like it around Lesotho. Even the few laptops we have distributed now have made such an amazing impact in the students' lives and their educational level. I have seen it firsthand!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the children first hand. Last summer, one class of students gave up their break, and their parents allowed them to miss their traditional household duties so that they could take extra computer classes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the joy in a child's face as they explore something new.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All of the Basotho teachers at Ketane were wonderful and great friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Ha, we're not ready for 10 million yet! Maybe in a few years. We could use about 40,000 a year to help expand the project and reach more schools.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I helped to set up the first ever computer school in the Ketane Lesotho area.