Computer Lab is Up and Running!
Thanks to donors to our fundraising campaign on GlobalGiving, we are proud to report that the Resource Center computer lab is fully funded and up and running! Without access to computers or the Internet, our students were at a serious disadvantage in school & the job market beyond. An Internet-connected computer lab enables our students to complete homework assignments, learn valuable software, research, & typing skills, as well as pursue niche interests in design, web development, & more.
Here is a message from Michael Colletto, who runs our GlobalGiving campaigns:
Once again, we want to thank all of you for giving so generously to support the installation of a computer lab at The SOLD Project’s Resource Center in Thailand.
Thanks to your investment, dozens of students have daily access to sixinternet-connected computer workstations where they can research for advanced homework assignments, explore, play, create, and learn the skills they’ll need to compete on university entrance exams and, later, in the workforce.
But we didn’t stop there! Over the summer, we laid plans for a second classroom building at the Center and began raising funds through GlobalGiving. (Click here to read the latest update.) When complete, we’ll move the computer lab into this new building to better serve the needs of our growing number of students. We’re also really close to fully funding a project to replace the broken desk chairs the students currently use during class and install a water tank on the property to combat recent water shortages on site.
We’re honored and encouraged by your belief and investment in SOLD’s work to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. Your gifts are life-changing for these kids. “Thank you” doesn’t fully convey the gratitude in our hearts, but it’s all we’ve got. So, thank you!
Our next goal is to get new desks and running water for the Resource Center. Thanks to a large private donation, we’re now only $515 away from the program being fully funded! The original desks were well-worn when they were donated and have since begun to fall apart from constant use. Furthermore, the well on site often runs dry for several months out of the year, leaving the Center, its residents, and the students without access to clean running water.
Below are a few of the photos as our students begin to use the computers: