Books For Haiti program delivers Electronic Library

 

By Bob Ende

On March 15th, my daughter Tenaya and I arrived in Haiti, backpacks brimming with Kindle eReaders. Our goal: create Haiti’s first “Electronic Library”, giving students who had a few dusty books on the shelves of their school library access to millions of digital books via the Internet.

You may already know about the SOPUDEP School and its wonderful Director, Madame Réa Dol. SOPUDEP has been supported by the Solidarity With Haiti Organization at Los Altos High School and by our local Rotary Club.

Our program, Books for Haiti, is sponsored by the Los Altos Community Foundation and complements those efforts by making e-Reader learning work in a country with unreliable electric power and spotty Wi-Fi. A Field Trial of Kindles in Haiti proved SOPUDEP could download any eBook available on the Internet. Generous donors had provided the Kindles, and we loaded hundreds of French eBooks onto each e-Reader that Réa’s students eagerly awaited.

We taught SOPUDEP students and Staff to use their new Kindles. A real change suddenly occurred — for the first time, a SOPUDEP classroom had a consistent set of (electronic) materials for every student and instructors began teaching their classes with them! Réa summed it up: “Thank you for this beautiful moment with us. We are the only school in Haiti to have access to this new technology. God bless you!”

Visit www.booksforhaiti.com to become a donor. Donations come through the Los Altos Community Foundation, and we thank them for sponsoring us! Every dollar Books For Haiti receives buys an eReader or an eBook. The Ende family pays all overhead costs, so your donation is used with 100% efficiency to change the lives of students in Haiti.