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.
Location: Neutra House, 181 Hillview Avenue, Los Altos, CA 94022
Host: Los Altos/Los Altos Hills Community Values Youth
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Please join us to learn simple ways to connect with teens and youth. Having caring adults in their lives is critical for our youth and we need your help. This is not a group just for parents. All adults including seniors, neighbors, community members, business owners, and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join us!
In 2010 Project Cornerstone surveyed students from the Mountain View Los Altos High School District. The survey measured developmental assets, which are the positive values, skills, relationships and experiences that help young people grow up to be healthy, caring and responsible adults. The survey revealed that only 20% of our teens feel valued by our community. Together we can change this!
The Los Altos Town Crier has a nice write up on Los Altos PREPARE. The group will be hosting a free Intro to the Personal Emergency Preparedness program 3-4PM April 18 in the Los Altos City Council Chambers.
If the power fizzles, mobile networks die or families face separation in the aftermath of a natural disaster or emergency, one local advocate wants Los Altos residents to be prepared to bounce back by creating resilient neighborhood networks that function with or without the assistance of emergency responders.
“It’s not if it happens, but when,” said Los Altos resident Sherie Dodsworth, certified public accountant and entrepreneur, of her efforts to develop stronger neighborhood networks to communicate with the city and first responders when an emergency strikes.