This is great news! The money will pay for 10 XO laptops, one solar panel and storage battery, and shipping to get the laptops to Ketane. There is no guarantee when they will raise the money, but they've got several fundraising events planned for in the next few months, so hopefully we'll see some of the money soon.
You can see more about BLOOM Africa on their website, BLOOMAfrica.org. Their mission is to help Orphans and Vulnerable Children, so one stipulation of their support is that we must work on HIV/AIDS prevention using the laptops. I've officially added several tasks to our work in Ketane so that we can meet that objective, though most of these goals were already on the drawing board.
Things are really starting to come together for us. We have now received or been promised:
- $3500 for laptops, power, and shipping from BLOOM Africa,
- $1436 from Friends of Lesotho for network hardware, internet service for 1 year, construction materials, and office supplies,
- $1500 from FIPE for laptops, plus all expenses for a Mosotho team member to travel to Colorado, USA, for a professional exchange,
- $2550 from public donations,
- donated labor and services from the Ketane community,
- donated software from TechSoup.org, and
- donated grant research subscription from Grant Station.