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, offers weekly computer classes for Nelson Mandela Primary students and weekends for Jagiet Primary School students. Students shared laptops and took turns practicing modules due to insufficient equipment before new computers arrived. 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.
Secondary school students utilize computer labs for research, resume completion, and school work, making them essential resources for post-secondary students. 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. Providing skills is crucial for equipping individuals to join the formal Kenyan economy and transform their lives. A huge thank you to Endless Solutions and the anonymous donor who made this grant and computer access possible.