Earlier this year we shared how the students at Ebenezer Educational Center have been able to spend some time with the Eee PCs you helped us procure and ship half way around the globe. Although they’ve been using them on an occasional basis, daily access was not possible because the school lacked reliable electricity and a room secure enough for them to feel comfortable leaving the computers unattended.
After my last update one of The Tech Report’s regular readers contacted me about what could be done to help these kids get more hands-on time with the netbooks. The school administrators confirmed that upgrading their electrical service and installing secure windows and a door on one room would allow them to establish a dedicated lab in which the students could have regular time with the computers. These upgrades would cost around $1000. The guy who had contacted me indicated without hesitation that he would donate the money to make the upgrades possible.
So with the funds wired to the school in Uganda, the improvements are under way, and I hope to hear soon that the computers are getting used daily. The donor insisted that his identity be kept anonymous, but I can promise you that anyone who hangs around in our forums would instantly recognize his nick.
Thanks again to all who have helped, especially to this latest philanthropist. We’ll let you know when we get another update from the school.