One Laptop Per Child at the John Paul II Academy in Bura Tana, Kenya

$865 of $15k goal

Raised by 11 people in 53 months
Bekka Grady  MADISON, WI

At the moment we are trying to raise money to bring laptops to children in Bura Tana, Kenya.  The laptops are $100 apiece.

This whole adventure started in an Interior Design class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We, the students, were tasked with designing disaster relief shelters out of cardboard. One of the shelters was built to full scale and on display at the Modern Museum of Contemporary Art in Madison, Wisconsin. We researched different types of disasters and interviewed victims to help inform us on how to design semi-permanent housing out of cheap, easily accessible materials. Our goal was to help people gain self-esteem while feeling connected to a community. 

Through a very random sequence of events, Susan Miller, a resident of Mequon, WI who has a connection to the Bura Catholic parish, Diocese of Garissa in Bura Tana, Kenya, saw pictures of our shelter. She contacted our instructor, Lesley Sager, and started the ball rolling. 

Bura Tana is a region in Kenya that suffers from long periods of drought coupled with rare, but intense, rainfalls.  The result is that there are very little natural resources to build homes that can withstand both extremes and many people are left homeless.       

The initial plan was to bring our waterproof cardboard tube design to the mission in Bura Tana with the goal of teaching people how to build their own shelters, however, we decided that we didn't want to impose a new concept without getting to know the people and their needs first. Our trip to Kenya this January will focus on observing the culture and researching the feasibility of our shelter concept. But we also want to start helping the people of Bura Tana immediately. This is where One Laptop Per Child comes in. This is a wonderful organization that creates cheap, durable laptops and sends them all over the world to children who otherwise wouldn't have the same educational opportunities as children who have easy access to computers. 

We want to be able to bring as many laptops as we possibly can to the students of the John Paul II Academy in Bura Tana. There are about 200 students between the ages of 6 and 12. This school is unique because it promotes education for girls and actually has about equal numbers of girls and boys! Each laptop costs only $185 to produce, package, and deliver to Kenya. The money you donate will go directly to a laptop that will improve at least one child's education. 

Please donate whatever you can - every little bit will help! 

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$865 of $15k goal

Raised by 11 people in 53 months
Created September 22, 2012
Andrew Jesse
49 months ago
Doug and Natalie Thompson
51 months ago

This is awesome. It is amazing to see how things came together.

Beth & John Walch
52 months ago

This is an awesome project Bekka, keep up the great work.

Pam Zeman
52 months ago

Awesome work Bekka; God Bless -our thoughts will be with you!

Paul Grady
52 months ago
52 months ago
Jean K. Thompson
52 months ago

Congratulations, Bekka, on your wonderful mission....from the mother of your Dad's friend, Doug very best wishes to you!!!

Karl Pradel
52 months ago

Way to go, Bekka!

Jan Eden
52 months ago
Jodie Thill
53 months ago

I look forward to hearing about your progress and the upcoming trip.

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