ISG Manufacturing is proud to partner with the United States Transhumanist Party to support their new sponsee, Ogba Educational Clinic in Warri, Nigeria.
I first learned of OEC during one of the weekly salons held by the USTP, discussing AI, technology and medicine. The quality of the video was not great, but the content was fantastic. Ogba is located in Warri, in the Niger River Delta, where it works to teach tech skills to passionate but underserviced Nigerian youth. Like everywhere, the costs of tertiary education in Nigeria are outrageous, and OEC focuses on career paths that are projected to be in great demand.
Speaking with Kelvin over WhatsApp, he told me about how his organization had fifty students, but only four laptops. The students were organized into shifts, and would come into the clinic at different times during the day to work in small teams around one laptop.
As we spoke he was cooking the free breakfast he provides them, a mixture of palm fruit and rice. Taking me on an e-tour through his small facility, I was first greatly impressed that I noticed some recognizable Python loop functions written on the whiteboard. What I next found shocking was to learn that their facility runs on a gas generator, and that conserving electricity meant the room I was in was the only one that used light! Meeting one of the students who had much less of an accent than Kelvin, I was delighted to find that they were working not just in Python and C#, but also using KivyMD, an Android app development platform.
I was introduced to 3 students, the spelling of whose names I have triple-checked:
Akpevweoghene Thankgod, who wanted to branch into cybersecurity; Melvin Oghenerume Omatie, aiming to focus on artificial intelligence; and Marvellous Igweh, who wants to learn about applications that service the biotech industry. Kelvin has also expressed an interested in 3d printing.
Kevin was quite frank with me: four laptops is not enough for his students and he'd like any help my community could provide in procuring him several more. He said fifteen would be most ideal, but he'd be happy with four more.
We at ISG are seeking your support in making that a reality.
We will match $0.50 on the dollar any donations made to this Gofundme, up to a max of $175 on our end.
The money will be used to pay for purchase of inexpensive used laptops on Offerup. It also will be used to cover shipping costs of donated laptops to a coordinator in Richardson, TX who ships to Nigeria. The laptops will all be shipped to their final destination in Warri all at once to save on logistics expenses.
I'd greatly appreciate any funds you can spare.
***If you have a laptop you can afford to give up, that's even better, reach out to me [email redacted]***
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