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 ...

Friday, October 18, 2013

Rotary Club Funding Received

Laptops to Lesotho has received a grant from the Unadilla Rotary Club, Maseru Rotary Club, and Rotary International for $7,500.

The money will help support a Mosotho in-country volunteer, provide additional technical support to the schools in Ketane, expand our audio-visual capacity for creating and translating country-specific educational materials, replace malfunctioning touchpads and weak speakers, and purchase more XO laptops and solar chargers.

A huge Thank You to these Rotary Clubs  for their support helping us improve education in rural Lesotho!  A special thank-you to Rotarian Donald Tuttle who facilitated this grant.

Grant Specifics
  1. Volunteer Living Expenses    $2,400
    For housing and food for the project volunteer while staying in Ketane
  2. Volunteer Travel Expenses    $360
    For work-related trips between Ketane and Maseru by the project volunteer
  3. Communications    $300
    For work-related phone and internet services for the project volunteer
  4. Technical Support    $1,000
    For hiring I.T. specialist(s) to install and maintain project equipment at the schools
  5. Audio Recording Equipment    $300
    For purchase of voice recording and editing equipment for creation and translation of educational audio materials
  6. Computer Peripherals    $600
    For purchase of 150 computer mice to use in place of malfunctioning touchpads and 150 headphones in place of weak speakers (problems inherent on the XO-1 laptop model)
  7. New XO Laptops    $2300
    For purchase of 20 new XO laptops, charging station, router, and spare batteries.
  8. Miscellaneous Expenses    $240

Unadilla Rotary Club, New York
District 7170
Maseru Rotary Club, Lesotho
District 9370
Rotary International
- Janissa

I'm Ba-aaack!

After a long, very difficult period in my life, I am back from my family leave and re-immersing myself in my Laptops to Lesotho work.  Although I'm still not 100%, and will not be back to full speed for a while, I hope to start our project moving forward again.
I would like to thank our L2L Directors, Sherrie Howey and Sarah Gardner, for covering for me in my absence.  Thanks too to all the L2L volunteers and funders for giving me their unconditional support.  You really helped me, more than you can know.
- Janissa