DAY 6 – Outernet in Bolivia

DAY 6 – Outernet in Bolivia

Location of Lasilao Cabrero, the quinoa capital, in Oruro, Bolivia

Location of Lasilao Cabrero, the quinoa capital, in Oruro, Bolivia

Here’s an excerpt from a message I just e-mailed to Charlie Schrenk, a UMass colleague, whom I am helping to expand his Outernet project to Bolivia…

“Great news – I just had Oscar Copa Gonzales – the district head of education for the entire Ladislao Cabrera region (like a county in the US) in Oruo (state), Bolivia, sign up for the Outernet project. He has 1,502 students in Salinas and 522 in a remote school in Pampa Aulluhagas.  The Salinas students include 8 remote elementary schools in areas with no internet or cell service – perfect for Outernet.

So there is a great opportunity to help with rural education.

The signed contract recognizing the start of the Outernet pilot project in Bolivia.

The signed contract recognizing the start of the Outernet pilot project in Bolivia.

On January 6th we will have a meeting with all of the school principles to demonstrate the Outernet and determine what materials they may want to receive from the Outernet.

To begin, the folks are thinking of starting with the human body and want more detailed info. on bones (numbers and types in the foot for example – with detailed info. on how the foot works, and perhaps a foot walking/bone moving experiment).  Can you find that in Spanish?  For a high school and elementary school level?  It seems a drawing would be good too – but not sure if that will fit with the 20MB per day limit.”

Stay tuned for the Jan. 6th update when we are out in rural Salinas trying to connect to the satellite and receive the foot data….

 

KUSIKUY & Reader to Reader Help with Literacy Support

KUSIKUY & Reader to Reader Help with Literacy Support

Main Street - Church tower in distance.

The paving stone streets of Arani, a Bolivian Colonial village.

KUSIKUY is proud to be partnering with Reader to Reader to bring a free donation of brand new books to the children of Arani, Bolivia.  A small colonial town an hour’s drive from the city of Cochabamba, Arani has little internet access and is plagued by drought, poverty and migration.  Almost 30% of the town’s original 3,500 inhabiants have moved elsewhere in search of jobs and a better livelihood.

However Arani is also the home of one of KUSIKUY’s finest knitting groups, La Imillia.  The La Imillia knitters will be the ones directing the book donations and distribution.  In December KUSIKUY will bring more books computers and technical games, to share with local students.

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Arani knitters will help to further improve literacy in their town.