Thursday, March 15, 2012
If you haven't already seen our photo albums on facebook, telling the story of our work in Lesotho, check them out:
Getting Started: http://bit.ly/A4aYtm
XO's in the Classroom: http://bit.ly/z84cFe
Nohana Primary School: http://bit.ly/zlAjnx
Kokobe Primary School: http://bit.ly/w6UhGQ
Pen Pals: http://bit.ly/xqmJgH
Life in Lesotho: http://bit.ly/Ar2emk
Lesotho Scenery: http://bit.ly/A0aiPP
(I just learned how to use bitly.com to shorten the URL's so they are much easier to use.)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Presbyterian/New England Congregational Church in Saratoga Springs, NY has pledged to support our project. Cindy is in the process of developing a mission project for their Sunday School that will raise funds for our organization during Fall 2012 and Spring 2013. These donations will go towards paying for the solar power system at Kokobe. They hope that the mission project will be successful enough that they can continue supporting our project year after year. Thank you to the people at PNEC Church who are working to make this happen!
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The Friends of Lesotho 2011 Annual Report includes an article about Laptops to Lesotho on page 10. Here's what it says:
"LAPTOPS 2 LESOTHO (L2L)
"Laptops to Lesotho President Janissa Balcomb returned to Lesotho last November to begin expanding the project to a second primary school, as well as to provide additional teacher training at the project's first school, Nohana Primary. To her surprise and great joy when she arrived, L2L Project Leader Matlabe Teba had already begun the expansion process. It was something they had discussed, but he took the initiative and got the process rolling all on his own.
"In addition to selecting the school, Kokobe Primary School, and making preparations, Matlabe and three Nohana teachers wrote a successful grant proposal to acquire about 50 XO laptops for Kokobe. Janissa's only role was ceremonial, officially handing over the first two XO laptops and two solar chargers to Kokobe Principal Alice Ranthimo at a community celebration. Matlabe and Nohana teachers will continue mentoring and training the staff at Kokobe, helping them build their own computer program, as L2L did at Nohana Primary School.
"In 2011, Friends of Lesotho donated $1,190 to L2L for classroom wiring, fuel for the generator, and a digital projector for Nohana Primary School. The projector is used to show the teacher's computer screen so slower students can follow the lesson more easily.
"If you would like to help, L2L needs donations for funds to install a solar-powered electrical system at Kokobe and to pay training expenses. You may make contributions to L2L through FOL on our website or you may also donate on-line at www.justgive.org or at www.razoo.org.
"FOL members and friends have been key to the success of this project. "
You can read the entire FOL Annual Report at http://www.friendsoflesotho.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/FOL-Annual-Report-2011.pdf.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
One of the most exciting developments of the past year is the expansion of our project. We are expanding our project to include a second school. Matlabe put a lot of work and consideration into the choice of school and settled on Kokobe Primary School. Kokobe is grades 1-7 and half the size of Nohana with 200 students enrolled and three teachers. He talked to teachers and the community and made arrangements for a ceremonial start for the project. Janissa went with several teachers from Nohana and took two laptops and solar panels to Kokobe. The teachers and students were very excited and the Nohana teachers talked about how the laptops could be used and how it worked to have students take them home. Matlabe will be visiting with them and starting the process of rules and regulations with them – he has taken a lot of initiative and is handling the whole process!