In 2019 we received a grant for 60 Endless Solutions desktop computers for our students in Kenya to have greater access to technology to support their studies. The computers are powered by the open-source Endless Operating System and have been designed for populations with little access to technology or internet connectivity. Endless PCs include education and productivity applications that don’t require internet access. This allowed us to replace the aging laptops in our Nairobi computer lab and move the laptops into our post-secondary laptop lending program for post-secondary students who need computer access for their education.
Kelvin Thuku, Program Manager, holds weekly computer classes in our computer lab for nearby Nelson Mandela Primary students, and classes on the weekends for Jagiet Primary School students. Prior to the new computers arriving, students were required to share laptops and take turns practicing the modules because there was not enough equipment. Now, we have enough equipment for full classes to learn each week and hone their skills. In the first week with the new computers, over 100 students interacted with the technology.
The computer lab is also accessed by secondary school students when they are in the office during school breaks and is an important resource for post-secondary students researching their programs, completing their resumes, and finishing school work. All students use the computer lab to email their sponsors and practice their typing skills.
In the 21st century, we know that most of our students’ future jobs will require technology skills. It is critical that we provide them such skills so they are equipped to join the formal Kenyan economy and transform their own lives. A huge thank you to Endless Solutions and the anonymous donor who made this grant and computer access possible.