INTEL • HIO • WATERFORD COMPUTER PROJECT
This past April 2014, a five member Intel volunteer team of engineer/educators traveled to Kathmandu to help construct a new computer lab at the Lalitpur School. An amazing group of humanitarians headed by tech expert, Marty Flores. To guarantee a reliable source of electricity, the IESD team installed new solar panels to power the lab, replacing a 30-year-old, broken down gas generator. With a scant average of six hours of electricity per day from the power company, the school may soon be completely free from the Nepal electric grid. This represents a great independence for the school, and a huge step forward in using clean energy. With expert Intel guidance, HIO purchased 30 rugged, Classmate PC computers especially built for the conditions of a developing country. The computers were imaged with innovative, Waterford early learning software, geared for teaching English language, math and science skills to young children. The team worked tirelessly with Ram Adhikari, our in-country senior Director, along with the Lalitpur School elementary teachers and young students to introduce the new software. The computer lab is now humming, with classes of 30 children funneling in and out of the new room all day for classes. What a huge success the Intel team provided, advancing computer literacy to a generation of young readers.
HIO sponsored kindergartner Dipshikya, with Intel's Aditi Bose