World Computer Exchange Provides Computers, Training to Mexican Children
By Robin Loving Rowland
When you add technology to education, you create potential, according to the World Computer Exchange, which is providing computers, content, and training to Mexican children, especially girls. WCE is a global education and environmental nonprofit connecting youth in developing countries to the skills, opportunities, and understanding of the Internet.
WCE believes that exposing youth in developing countries to a 21st century education will help them combat poverty, disease, injustice and instability. Working with 900 partners in 80 countries, WCE has created a global network to connect four million youth to the Internet to access science, technology, engineering, math, agriculture, public health, entrepreneurship, leadership, solar energy and water sanitation curricula.
WCE accomplishes this through a dozen chapters of volunteers in the US and Canada that refurbish computers, preload educational content, raise funds, recruit volunteers, raise public awareness, and recycle equipment. In addition, WCE’s partner organizations include the UN, USAID, GM, UNESCO, Nissan, Rotary, Peace Corps, Associated Press, Google, Xerox, British Airways, and Harvard, to name a few.
WCE’s training corps works with teachers and does public awareness campaigns including how to sustainably dispose of electronics to avoid toxic e-waste based on www.recilemos.net in Latin America. And, WCE evaluates its partner activities for three years to ensure sustainability in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.
Hear more about how you can volunteer, donate a computer, raise funds, or receive WCE’s services Tuesday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m. when board member Janet Auman presents at Rotary at Hotel Mision, Salida a Queretaro 1. The meeting will be free.
“Our work is cost effective. Our fund raising expenses below three percent. The Catalogue of Philanthropy has cited WCE as one of the area’s best small charities,” said Auman.
Auman has worked in eight countries to connect with potential partner groups for WCE. For more information, contact her at Janetauman@yahoo.com, 802.999.3686 in the US, 415.149.3328 in SMA, and www.worldcomputerexchange.org.
Rotary unites neighbors, community leaders, and global citizens for the common good. For more information, contact President Tony Ronci at firstname.lastname@example.org.