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Need: Computers or laptops for training girls and women in rural community

I have finally set up my NGO and wish to announce my take off project on computer training for girls and women in rural community where I reside.
Grassroots and Gender Development Center (GGDC) is a Non-Governmental Organization endowed with a large task of supporting grassroots development in Nigeria. It focuses on improving the livelihood of the community through participatory and transformative programs and advocate for policies to protect the rights of vulnerable groups. It seeks to build a platform of concerned individuals and organizations to address the challenges of women, girls and children and take action for change.

Grassroots and Gender Development Center seek to empower girls in ijanikin community of Lagos State, Nigeria with basic computer skills and internet use. At present, the center is operating on one computer to five girls which does not ensure effective learning. We desire to scale up to the standard of the developed world of one laptop to one girl to help us achieve our target of 40girls by the end of 2012.

There are large numbers of girls, who have completed secondary education but lack basic computer skills. Most of them belong to poor families. Their parents are mostly agricultural laborers, hawkers, vendors and domestic servants earning very small wages and are living below poverty line. Educating girls helps to make communities and societies healthier, wealthier and safer and can also help to reduce child deaths, improve maternal health, tackle the spread of HIV/AIDS infection and reduce unwanted pregnancy among girls, sexual exploitation, abuse and pressures for early marriage. It also underpins the achievement of all the other MDGs.

Computer training is a Long Term Impact Project which contributes to achievement of UN Millennium goals, helping close the gender gap in education. It is an effective long-term investment, helping to eradicate poverty by enhancing education, broadening options and offering new opportunities. It offers great potential in terms of exposing the girls to much-needed computer technology and related opportunities. This exposure is helping to prepare the girls for our technology-aided world and for positions of future leadership.

I need more desktops or laptops to make training effective. Also, we need external hardware like printers, scanner, camera, projector and UPS.Generator for electricity backup

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mrbeckbeck's picture

Great to see

Hi Vivian,
It's great to see your project coming to life! Will you be starting a small training with the limited number of computers you have? It would be great to see your work in progress if possible!

I will keep an eye out for resources for your new NGO. Good luck and great job!
Best,
Scott

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

vivian's picture

Thanks Scott, I started the

Thanks Scott,

I started the computer in Nov, 2011 with one girl coming to my house on weekend but today I have been able to secure a center and I have 6 girls at present undergoing computer training with one computer.

How to get more computers.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

mrbeckbeck's picture

Understood

I will let you know if I find any potential resources.

Scott Beck
World Pulse Online Community Manager

sabitrisanyal's picture

Hi Vivian, I went through

Hi Vivian,

I went through your journal and felt so proud to have you as my friend. It's great to know about your initiative. You rock.I wish there were many people like you and trust me, the world would have been a better place to live in.

With Warm Regards,

Sabitri

vivian's picture

Hi Sabitri, It is really nice

Hi Sabitri,

It is really nice to have you as a friend on world pulse. I am only working with the limited resources available.Good to hear from you

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

katina maria's picture

Keep it Up

Dear Vivian
I feel very proud that we can do it with limited resources and still give back to our communities its make life more worthy.I hope and pray that you will succeed and I am sure about it with all the wonderfull people of worldpulse.
Best Regards
Katrina

vivian's picture

Thank u so much Katrina. I

Thank u so much Katrina. I truly believe I will succed by the grace of God just continue to pray for me as you said.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Celine's picture

Happy to hear

Hello Vivian,

Great idea. I am happy to know of your project in Ijanikin-- one of the remote areas of Lagos! I know for sure, Vivian that with your dedicated spirit and hard work, you will make it.

Best wishes dear sister.

Celine

vivian's picture

they need help

Thank u so much sister, I truly want the community to feel my impact. They truly need help, so many teenage pregnancy and teenage mothers. Women struggling to carter for their children. I am so worried about them. You know all of us cannot be in the city someone have to be in the remote areas.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

daisy's picture

thumbs up!

Thank you sister for that initiative. its just similar to what i am doing here with my community based organisation.aside from computer skills training i offer capacity building and mentorship to vulnerable women. i started with two computers and i am training 14 girls currently. Every journey begins with one step,take courage in believing that you are going to impact and change lives for the better. Believe me,there is nothing more fulfilling and satisfying as that!

Daisy

vivian's picture

You are very right daisy,

You are very right daisy, every step begin with one step. I am taking this step of faith to make a positive impact among this girls. Thank u so much for your concern.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

jayan's picture

AM so proud of you Vivian.

AM so proud of you Vivian. The world is looking out for powerful women like you who have a heart to serve others no matter the circumstances. I will definitely be praying for you for God to open more doors!

Every Blessings

Jayan Nanyonga
Me and you can change her story and give her life a new meaning.

vivian's picture

Thank u so much sister I

Thank u so much sister I trulu need your prayers more than anything.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

SLaw's picture

You go girl!

Hey, Vivian! It's been a while. Proud of you for getting this started. I'm looking into a couple of sources for used laptops. I'll keep you posted.

Love always.

vivian's picture

Wow! so good to hear from you

Wow! so good to hear from you again, really glad to hear that you will assist me. It takes courage to get started with funding and in rural community of ijanikin where i reside. Thank you so much Slaw. Hope you are doing fine.

all the best

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

AHarmala's picture

Contact this org for computers

InterConnection
866-621-1068

Amy Harmala

vivian's picture

thank you

Dear Amy, thank you so much for this contact. Please do you have their email contact. I think it is better to send an email than call because there is no relationship yet between me and them. But if not I will give it a trial.

Thank you so much

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

AHarmala's picture

Info

Note new address: We've recently moved to a larger, more accessible, convenient building at 3415 Stone Way N. Seattle, WA 98103.
Phone

General Information: 206-633-1517 - Toll Free: 866-621-1068
Email

General Inbox: info@interconnection.org

Amy Harmala

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa's picture

vous etes formidable

Bonjour
je vous félicite de ce que vous venez de guider notre soeur vers la source.
Vous êtes vraiment formidable et votre action est louable
Merci et courage

BRIGITTE MAWAZO

Breese's picture

Keep us posted!

I am so pleased to see the support you have received, Vivian! Please let us here at World Pulse know how this goes - if you received assistance from PulseWire, and how your project progresses. Good luck!

vivian's picture

I have commuicated Susan Kenn

I have commuicated Susan Kenn about it so we can work it out together.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

vivian's picture

I have communicated your

I have communicated your colleague Susan Kenn so that we can work it out together.

Vivian

''Every woman have a story at every stage of Life''

Brigitte Mawazo Kyalondawa's picture

ma plus grande joie

Bonjour
ma plus grande joie est d’apprendre que vous vous occuper des filles rurales.
J'ai aussi une initiative presque semblable a la votre.j'aurai besoin d'apprendre votre expérience.
je vous souhaite un bon travail

BRIGITTE MAWAZO

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