Projects for Peace: The Vision of Kathryn W. Davis

"My challenge to you is to bring about a mind-set of preparing for peace, instead of preparing for war."

Computers for Orphans

Project #
324
Year
2009
Country
Jamaica
School
IH - DC
Proposal
324pro.pdf
Report
324rep.pdf
Students
  • Adnan Kummer
  • Florence Maher

The Hanbury Home for Children is a residence for orphaned, abandoned, and abused children in central Jamaica. Home to over 70 children, Hanbury provides the children with their basic needs, but critically missing is much contact with the outside world. Adnan and Florence became aware of the Hanbury Home through a professor, and designed a project that would bring the world to these children through the establishment of a media center complete with computers, printers, and educational software, supplemented by necessary training. Their goal was to address a specific inequality and to provide the children with tools considered commonplace by many children around the globe.

Five computers were purchased locally and installed with more than 30 educational software programs chosen to appeal to a range of age groups and interest areas, from basic phonics to high school  homework help programs, typing to reference software. High-speed Internet connection was established and training sessions and workshops held for students and teachers. In order to sustain the project, long-term technical service contracts were signed and a fund was established with the local Rotary Club to underwrite future maintenance and improvements to the center.

With new training on the computers, the youngest children can play age-appropriate games while the older children can research, surf the Web, and send E-mail. All ages, including the staff, will build skills. And, for the children, the world is now a smaller place.