Sarah Riley who leads a new WCE partner in Haiti named Village Bridge told us the interesting news that one of their volunteers was a pilot who flies to Haiti every six weeks. Since then Scott has flown computers to a WCE partner school in Haiti and now has flown solar panels and 25 laptops to Universite Publique Du Sud in Les Cayes, Haiti. Because this government secondary school lacks power from the electric grid a solar solution was needed.
Scott (in dark green shirt) and his son Reese, in conjunction with his Community Covenant Church in Massachusetts and his friends, The Legers – owners of Agri Supply in Haiti, utilized local labor to install solar panels, charge controller, inverter and all of the wiring necessary to power the school´s refurbished laptops loaded with WCE educational content in French. The computers will be used by the 700 students in the school each year to the internet. Scott says ¨In my opinion, the beauty of WCE´s content pack is that it doesn´t require an internet connection to be a huge benefit to the students. Further, when the school ultimately does get a connection to the internet the laptops are ready to enable them to connect.¨
The school´s costs were kept low as Scott donated the shipping and the church donated the cost of the computers. The computer costs were reduced by 1/3 by generous individual donors who were recruited by WCE Board member, Wayne Fritze, as part of our annual Friends & Family campaign. Wayne is looking for more donors to match future shipments to more of the 114 groups that have expressed interest in Haiti. Future shipments will also receive an additional 20% off if WCE receives funds by the end of June 2019.
After discussions among Jack O´Donnell, Wayne Fritze , and Scott, they decided that future shipments to Haiti will be pre-loaded with our WCE educational content pack in both French and Creole. (Schools in other countries can also choose material written in English or Spanish.)
Over the years, WCE has shipped 422 refurbished computers to Haiti to connect 32 schools and centres that have connected a total of 23,471 youth. Prior shipments received funding from the following: West Ottawa Rotary Club in Ontario, Rotary Petionville, InfoPoverty Institute, the Education and Training Institute, and The Jack Brewer Foundation.
WCE thanks our volunteer Development Officers for Haiti: Wayne Fritze, Steven Cayford, Gilbert Corniglion, Modeline Duval, Peter James Edouarzin, Wayne Fritze, Eric Frothingham, Carey Radebaugh, and Jan Saint-Macary.