Providing Lesotho's Children with Keys to the World

This is the story of our efforts to end the vicious cycle of poverty, disease, inadequate education, and early death
in a remote rural community in Lesotho, Africa, by providing quality education and life skills
to the young children there. Join us on our journey ...

Thursday, September 10, 2020

So many have worked hard to make this classroom/library a reality.  Thank you to all of our donors!  Thank you to Florence and Mme Alice for coordinating everything for us in Lesotho.  Our builder has come through as promised.  We even have solar power so they have electricity in the building.  We are in the home stretch but we are not done yet.  The final touches are being put on the building, desks are being delivered, and the library is being coordinated and hopefully will be operational by spring when a team of Laptops to Lesotho educators will visit if travel restrictions are lifted. We are working to purchase the Kindle Fires and are making final decisions on the server we will use to supply the educational information for the students and teachers. In a year that seems to be filled with bad news, this is certainly a bright spot for us.




Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Progress!!


It is the middle of winter in Lesotho but that has not stopped progress on the classroom/Library.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Progress!!

The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

While sometimes we want to progress more quickly we know it takes time to advance towards what will be.  We must remove roadblocks, plan carefully, and collaborate.  Behind the scenes, the collaboration with Arizona State University and its SolarSPELL project is already showing the benefits of working with this proven team. SolarSPELL Technology  Building plans are progressing with plans for the classroom/library/computer lab coming together.  Contracts are being finalized and a timeline is being created. A teacher strike halted progress for a period of time but the project is back on track.

If you would like to contribute to the advancement of this project please click on the link below.  A $50 contribution will purchase a Kindle Fire or 5 library books.
Thank you for your support.  We will keep you informed as we progress on this wonderful project.  https://www.gofundme.com/f/j78s5-education-for-all



Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Phase 1 Update

One of the most important aspects of this project is raising funds to make it happen.  We would like to thank Friends of Lesotho for their generous support.  Also, the Panhuise Foundation has been a major benefactor and we thank them for their continued support.  Many individuals have donated various amounts and large or small, they all add up to helping us complete this project.  We now are in the process of drawing up building plans and obtaining bids and signed contracts.  We still need to raise funds for tablets, library books, and supplies.  If you would like to contribute to the success of this project please check out our gofundme page.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Exciting new development


L2L is beginning a completely new phase of educational support at Kokobe Primary School.  Through a collaboration with Arizona State University, we will be bringing “education in a box” to the students.  The XO Laptops currently used will be phased out and replaced with the Kindle Fire.  Students will be able to access the SolarSPELL Educational Library. The SolarSPELL is a rugged, portable, solar-powered digitized library which includes an offline digital hotspot, designed to simulate an online experience.  Currently, more than 275 SPELL libraries have been deployed across the Pacific and East Africa.  The content can be specific to the area and offer many resources for teachers and students.

The school has little space for a dedicated computer lab and the principal requested our help in building a dedicated computer classroom and library. That will be phase 1 of the project.  The computer lab will have a solar-powered electrical system to charge computer hardware.  


“SolarSPELL’s mission is to provide relevant, localized educational content to resource-constrained locations around the world.  To Learn more about SolarSPELL visit solarspell.org.


Monday, April 1, 2019

Lesotho Teachers on Strike

The strike has been going on for a month now with no end in sight, according to this article:
 
This article gives more details about the teachers’ grievances and demands:

Monday, December 19, 2016

New Lessons for XO Laptops

New math lessons created in the program Scratch are now available to students at Kokobe.  Perseverance is the key to success.  Our on the ground person in Maseru, Florence, received the lessons and an internet cafĂ© person was going to help her download the lessons onto flash drives.  After a number of failed attempts Florence was able to find the right person to help her.  Hence – new math lessons for students at Kokobe.