Sunday, August 24, 2014
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Board of Directors Meeting
On August 2 the Board of Directors met spanning four different time zones and two continents. With few technical difficulties Skype worked well to bring all board members together.
Goals were discussed, both long and short-term. Members were in a consensus that our short term goal is to stay focused on what we’ve been doing and make it stronger. This includes strengthening people’s skills and creating a library of lessons. Long-term goals include growth of the project. The board agreed that we will look into implementing a project at the primary school in Pela Tsoeu, in the Leribe District. The location was selected because of its proximity to technical support from South Africa, and ease of volunteers’ travel to and from the school. No date was set to initiate the project there, but we will start looking into acquiring funding for project implementation.
Vicki provided a financial report. More financial action includes follow up with the New York Rotary Club to continue receiving promised grant funding, organization of older financial records, and developing a new budget.
Henk will work with Florence to get the servers operational. He will follow up with Tony Anderson, who originally designed and set up the school servers, to get the passwords and work on server connections and documentation.
Sherrie gave a summary of the status of the FIPE student scholars. The results for most of the students have been disappointing. FIPE will reduce the number of scholarships and concentrate on supporting further education of the successful scholars. Sherrie is working with Florence and Fortunate to improve communication with the school principal.
Pueblo West High School donated Dell laptops to Matlabe’s school. Discussion involved the cost of shipping the laptops and the logistics involved. Sherrie will work with Matlabe regarding shipping the laptops.
There was a discussion about the need for more fundraising. It was agreed that we need to recruit more people who can focus on fundraising and grant writing. It was suggested that our funding requests should be targeted and project-based, as most of our fundraising has been in the past.
In order to increase publicity the following tasks were agreed upon: A Laptops to Lesotho (L2L) LinkedIn page, NGO Pulse, update the L2L Facebook page, increasing blog posts and updating the L2L website.
Regarding lessons there was a discussion about the continuing need to acquire better educational materials for the XO laptops. Most software on the laptops is not sufficient for classroom use and/or is not easy for the teachers to use. We need to get more lessons in a format that is easy for the teachers to use and doesn’t require additional time investment from then. We also need lessons that students can use on their own. Henk mentioned that Edubuntu could be investigated as a possible platform.
This is an abbreviated version of the minutes. Next meeting to be held Saturday, October 11, 2014
With a growing board to help lead Laptops to Lesotho into the future, we welcome Vicki Panhuise and Kathy Plath to the board.
Vicki, who currently resides in the Phoenix, AZ area, is owner and President of VePoint Consulting Group LLC. She has substantial aerospace general management experience. Her expertise includes managing global organization to support customers worldwide. We welcome her as Treasurer of Laptops to Lesotho.
Kathy is a media specialist in an elementary school in Pueblo, CO. She loves teaching technology classes to her students. She was fortunate to have spent two years in Lesotho, and welcomes this opportunity to help further the education of young people in Lesotho through her work with Laptops to Lesotho.