Funding my Eagle Project: Promoting Education in Afghanistan with Raspberry Pi

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For my Eagle Project, I will work with Trust in Education to build low-cost computers for teaching computer skills to Afghan students.
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Will Goldie
Technology
Lafayette, California
United States
2 Team Members
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Provide Afghan students with the opportunity to learn computer skills.

Today, many Afghan students are taught computer courses yet have no computers in their schools.

My name is Will Goldie, and I'm a Boy Scout working on my Eagle Project. I’m working with Trust in Education to build a set of computers for use in schools in Afghanistan, so that their students can learn computer skills. We’re using the low-cost Raspberry Pi platform and will be able to assemble a complete computer system for around $190.

What is the Raspberry Pi?

Image: SwitchedOnTechDesignvia Raspberry Pi Foundation

The Raspberry Pi is a low-cost computer designed for education by the Raspberry Pi Foundation in the U.K. It costs $35, runs the free Linux operating system, is about the size of a credit card, and has very low power consumption -- making it ideal for our purposes.

More information can be found at the Raspberry Pi website:(http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs).

Cost Breakdown:

The donations will be used to purchase the computer parts and assembly and packaging will be done by volunteers. Trust in Education has assumed financial responsibility for transporting the computers to Afghanistan and establishing a computer lab.

The computer system includes cpu, case, memory, storage (SD card for the OS and USB flash storage), monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, and a locally-compatible power supply.

We plan to raise $2250 to fund the building of 10 computers. This will cover the hardware cost for each computer and the processing fees for Indiegogo. Any extra funds raised will go to building more computers and any excess funds or parts that remain after the complete systems are built will go to Trust in Education.

How the computers will be deployed

Trust in Education will use the computers to establish a computer lab in a girls school in Afghanistan. They have already provided computer labs in two girls’ schools. Many children in Afghanistan are presently taking computer courses in school, even though their schools don’t have computers.

I hope you will make a donation to this worthwhile cause.  Every dollar makes a difference!  If you can’t make a donation, you can still help by sharing this campaign with friends, family, and coworkers over social media and email.

FAQ:

Q: When will the project be completed?

We plan to ship the computers to Afghanistan in October. We will keep backers updated on the status of the project as it progresses.


Q: Who is Trust in Education?

Trust in Education (TIE) is a grass-roots people-to-people organization, providing educational, economic and health care assistance to Afghan families living in Afghanistan. Trust in education informs and enlists Americans to become directly involved in the reconstruction of Afghanistan. It serves as a tie between Afghan villages and American communities, and wins hearts and minds in both. Visit the TIE website for more information (http://www.trustineducation.org/)


Q: Is my donation tax-deductible?

TIE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, so if you are in the USA, it is likely your donation will be tax deductible - consult your tax advisor.  You will receive a receipt from the payment processor when you make your donation.

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  • $5USD
    Follow the project

    You will get access to backer emails with updates detailing our progress and results, and our sincere thanks.

    26 claimed
  • $30USD
    Recognition + Get the distro

    We will give you early access to our custom, preloaded installation of Linux, designed for a Raspberry Pi. It will include an office suite and any education programs used. In addition, we will put your name on our project website recognizing major donors to the project. This is also included with all higher reward tiers.

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    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $100USD
    Silver Recognition

    We will put your name on our project website recognizing major donors to the project, in the Silver category. (If you wish to make the donation in the name of somebody or a company, please specify it in the shipping address name field.)

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  • $250USD
    Gold Recognition + THE NAME

    You've funded an entire computer for an Afghan child - so we will print your name on the case of one of the computers. In addition, we will put your name on our project website recognizing major donors to the project, in the Gold category. (If you wish to make the donation in the name of somebody or a company, please specify it in the shipping address name field. The printed name will be the one from the shipping field.) This is also included with all higher reward tiers.

    5 out of 250 claimed
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  • $500USD
    Platinum Level + THE BOARD

    We will send you your very own Raspberry Pi! In addition, we will put your name on our project website recognizing major donors to the project, in the Platinum category. (Please add $15 for international shipping. If you wish to make the donation in the name of somebody or a company, please specify it in the shipping address name field. We will mail it with that name, care of you)

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  • $2,250USD
    Founder Level + THE COMPUTER

    We will send you the exact same computer used in the schools, preloaded with software, and ready to use, plug and play. (US power adapter included) You will also be recognized as a Founder Level donor, the highest tier, on our project website. (Please add $50 for international shipping. If you wish to make the donation in the name of somebody or a company, please specify it in the shipping address name field. We will mail it with that name, care of you)

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