Palms for Life Fund is pleased to announce a new partnership to provide computer access and environmental upgrades to 37 elementary schools in marginal regions of Ecuador. Palms for Life and Mercy Corps will ship 200 computers and roughly 800 gallons of paint to education centers run by Fe y Alegría, an organization that operates throughout Central and South America in educating children in impoverished areas. For pictures please click here.
By the end of the year the computers, donated by Mercy Corps and featuring Pentium 3 processors and 500 MHz, will have high-speed broadband access. Fe y Alegría will be implementing IT educational programs for the school’s teachers, and give the school children an electronic portal to the wider world. While the technology will be used to emphasize networking opportunities between the schools themselves, it will also serve the purpose “to adapt them to become the technical foundation of the struggle against the negative impacts of globalization and for social justice.” The program’s end goals are very much in keeping with Palm for Life’s emphasis on the idea that “we are all connected to the poor:” This technology will allow the school children to enter the global digital family and share their experiences and culture with those around the world.
This new partnership will also provide the school children with the materials with which to enhance their classrooms and engage in creative teamwork. The paint will be used to commission murals emphasizing peace, non-violence and children’s rights. These murals will encourage children through the creative process to work together, overcome their differences, and create a peaceful environment in their schools.
This is an exciting opportunity to combat poverty by empowering individuals to engage and overcome the challenges of their immediate environments as well as those of the wider world. In order for Palms for Life to continue to fund and explore opportunities like this one, please consider a contribution to the Fund via www.palmsforlifefund.org. For every gift of $100.00 or more, a FREE T-shirt will be donated.