Costa Rica has a computer program for Junior High and High School, but nothing for grades Kindergarten through 6. This project installed 110 laptop computers and 30 XO tablets computers (designed for kindergarten students) in nine elementary schools near Puntarenas and Alajuela, Costa Rica.
Over 1500 children and adults who attend these nine schools now have access to durable and reliable computers. Adult night computer literacy classes have been started at a number of these schools.
The following organizations cooperated and assisted with this project:
- East Chapel Hill Rotary Club the lead club had over 40 Rotarians involved and donated funds;
- Sunrise Rotary Club donated funds;
- Downtown Chapel Hill Rotary Club donated funds;
- Alajuela Rotary Club and Puntarenas Rotary Club of Costa Rica provided logistics, located schools,
clearance with school boards, transportation, custom clearance requiring the assistance of the
President of Costa Rica;
- Goodwill Foundation donated funds; and the
- Kramden Institute, a non-profit computer organization whose goal is to provide home computers for
students in need, volunteered time, training, expertise and funds.
Students from the University of Costa Rica assisted in the delivery and set up of the computers and helped with the refurbishing of classrooms for computer labs. The university students formed a Rotaract Club, which will continue to maintain the computers and assist in training of school staff. Through the local Rotary Clubs, funds for transportation for the university students (Rotaract) are provided.
Total cost of this project was $21,547; $4000 from the District Rotary Grant, $7,547 from the five Rotary Clubs, $10,000 from the Goodwill Foundation.
The computers obtained from Kramden are durable and reliable units, IBM and LENOVO, which they had
cleaned and loaded with Spanish software. They also provided training for the UCR students.
The technical director of Kramden Institute is now joining the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club.