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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).
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.
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.