Our volunteers in Chicago shipped 104 desktops to Mexico in July. They were intended for schools in Puebla — the epicenter of the September 19th earthquake that did so much damage in the Mexico City area. But there is some good news amid the death and destruction: Rassini, a longtime Sponsor of WCE shipments to Mexico, tells us that the computers are being safely stored in Piedras Negras, north of Puebla. When our six recipient schools are ready, the computers will be delivered. Working with WCE and local Rotary Clubs, Rassini has provided 1,214 refurbished computers to 83 schools to serve 100,000 students over the years. Key to this effort are the Rassini employees who help with installation, connection, training and maintenance in the schools that they and we help.
WCE Context in Mexico
WCE began serving Mexican youth thanks to a generous grant from the Rocking Moon Foundation that helped us recruit 47 interested groups and a corporate Sponsor. Corporate Sponsor Rassini has sponsored six of our 10 shipments to Mexico. Our Rassini shipments went to three different states: Coahuila, Guerrero, and Puebla. All 10 shipments to Mexico have been assisted by local Rotary Clubs. In the shipments Sponsored by Rassini, their employees work to assist the schools with planning, prep, training, installation and connectivity of the computers. In the 10 shipments, we have sent 1,214 computers to 83 schools and centers serving 100,000 Mexican youth over the years. The computers are preloaded with Spanish versions of the Ubuntu operating system, Libre/Office suite, Edubuntu, and a variety of other content including Wikipedia. Our shipments to Mexico have been refurbished by our Chicago Chapter.
The computers in these shipments were donated by many companies including: Walgreens, Flexible Benifits, Sarah Van Asche and Associates, First Secure Bank, Turner Construction, ATT Pioneers, Chicago History Museum, Kankakee Community College, Laner Munchin, MTC Performance, Robert Morris University and Vayhar PVA.
We have invited iEARN-Mexico to include teachers from these schools in their training in the educational use of the internet. Additional tech training may result from WCE’s philanthropic partnership with New Horizons Computer Training Centers, a worldwide organization that has operations in Mexico. WCE has met with and is interested in working with Peace Corps Volunteers as we have in 17 other countries, National Library on rural telecenters, and CentroFoxon youth leadership.
WCE Development Officers for Mexico: Sofia Frech, Regina O’Brien (RPCV), Roxana Nayelli Vilchis-Bustillo and Manuel Chavez-Alvarez. WCE Regional Manager for Latin America: Jack O’Donnell.