In 2015, a number of decommissioned laptops left HI in possession of a colleague’s friend. This is nothing new; we’ve had laptops head to Nepal in the past. This time, they’re being physically carried across Africa as part of the World Hope Organization.
The first laptop has met its new owner, Gloria, via a program called Enable the Children. According to their site, ETC was founded to provide therapy, care and support for 400 kids, ranging from assistance at home to equipment to scholarships.
Gloria has ortho deformity of the legs and is only able to walk in a crouched position for a short distance without a wheelchair. Having this laptop will allow her to learn skills unavailable to her classmates, which will give her an advantage in the difficult job market.
Gloria was very grateful for the donation, saying, “Boku boku tenki,” meaning, “Thank you very, very much.”