Tuesday, July 29, 2008

[Activity 6] Sri Sathya Sai Sevakshetra

This I should say, is one of the happiest momentsl. Thanks to everyone out there that made this possible. People who have donated the computers, members, well wishers and others.

We have started the work and have given away the first computer :). Yes. true and delighted.

Last Saturday (19 July 2008) we visited Sri Sathya Sai Sevakshetra (school) in Marthalli, Bangalore and donated them a computer which we promised a month back. The school is basically for the children of the construction workers in that area. I should tell the children were excited that they were going to learn computers.The school is run by volunteers (They are looking for more, You can get in touch with me if you want to help them in any way...). There are around 20 students of different ages in the class and the classes happen from Monday to Saturday. The classes do not follow a very strict syllabi as of now, but help them face the world by teaching them general conversational knowledge and general knowledge.

Above are the pictures taken during the visit and the computer we donated to them.

Some of their wishlists
  1. Fund to pay salary(for some months…) to the staff which is around 3500. (as of now they have one dedicated staff)
  2. Volunteers during weekends.
  3. If you think, you can screen a movie for them on a weekend, you are welcome.
Please feel free to contact us, if you think we can help them in some way. Hope to continue the good work with all the support. Thanks again to everyone.

PS: If you think you know a school, that might need some help in setting up a lab/ library please let us know via this page. And if you want to become a member, go here.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A mail of encouragement…

Recently Aravindh Dorai sent us a mail via our site. Read the contents below.



" Kris Kamisetty from Intel directed me to this website, and I have to say - I'm really impressed! The work you are doing is truly inspiring and I have always dreamed of doing the same. In fact, my friend Sriram and I were planning on flying to India this summer to set up a computer lab in a rural Indian school (we currently reside in the US). Anyways, our idea was to set up a lab using thin clients so our hardware requirements would be really low. The server to which the clients are connected to would provide all the processing power as well as the hard disk space. This way, we figured that we can use old and low powered computers and still set up a successful lab. As for the operating system, we decided to use Edubuntu which has several productivity applications designed specifically for students. It would also allow the instructor to have control over every terminal.
Heres the website if you\'d like more information:
http://doc.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/edubuntu/handbook/C/



I'm not sure if we'll be able to make it this summer, but if we do, I'll surely get in touch with you. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Thanks,
Aravindh "



Thanks a lot for your mail and time Aravindh and I should say that i am delighted. We are trying hard to do more and we will. Thanks a lot again. Such mails encourage us and push us to do more.