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
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,