Crowdfunding: Youth ICT projects in Malawi and an ICT refurbishment workshop in Copenhagen

Many small streams make one big river! We are crowdfunding for FAIR's new awesome partner tMinds, who - amongst other things - are doing teacher training at schools in Malawi. In order to collect and prepare equipment for these schools, we urgently needs financing for our workshop in Copenhagen which is operated by volunteers. Funds are split 50:50 between these causes.

Crowdfunding ends 10 months, 1 week ago

Amounts to ~ USD

About Us

Since 2008, FAIR Danmark (Fair Allocation of Infotech Resources) has worked to address global inequality through education and access to ICT equipment for students at secondary schools in Malawi. Based on this, we dare say that a minimum of 75,000 students have gained computer access at their schools.

You can read more about FAIR on this website, not least how your company can support us through partnership donations and reconditioning of ICT equipment.

The following video is from Mzuzu University, where tMinds is based. The new youth organization was started by staff and students at the university's Department of Information & Communication Technology.

Why are we crowdfunding?

FAIR Denmark is run 100% by volunteers. Thus, our main cost in Denmark is the rent of a workshop, where we receive and prepare computers for shipping. Getting funding to cover rent has proven difficult, on one hand because we went through a lengthy change-over, and on the other hand because funds and government grants do not support this activity. However, FAIR's existence and the projects we engage in rely on keeping the workshop.

The activities sustaining the primary objective are obviously happening in Malawi, and so we found it natural to combine the two efforts side by side. Collecting and preparing equipment happens solely with our local partners in mind. And one of them, tMinds, is a whole new organization, arising from the Computer Science department at Mzuzu University. We have worked with this department since 2013, and we know how skilled they are, and that they are equally altruistic an enthusiastic about their work as we are.. if not more! In the Fall of '17, they officially launched and had their first activities. FAIR supported a program for 4th year university students going on 2 month internship at 12 secondary schools, helping teachers implement ICT in their classes. This has to continue!

We understand that the model is generally scalable, so the more we can collect for tMinds, the more interns can help out in such outreach programs.

What's it worth?

Here is how the money will be matched up in budgets. When you contribute, we keep your email address, so we can report back on how the money was spent in the end (not yours exactly, but in the larger sense of operations).

100 DKK
~15.80 USD
the rough cost of transport of a desktop and screen from Denmark to Malawi.
300 DKK
~47.39 USD
transportation and material costs for a day of university staff supervision for an ICT internship
500 DKK
~78.99 USD
a days worth of workshop rent + packing supplies, if two volunteers take a shift they can pack and test >50 screens.
1400 DKK
~221.17 USD
a Malawi university student can get a stipend to work a 2 month internship, supporting local ICT centres.

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By reaching out to people personally or via social media, you can make as much a contribution as by supporting with your own money. For us, this is very important, and we urge you not to be shy to ask people for support.

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Crowdfunding: Youth ICT projects in Malawi and an ICT refurbishment workshop in Copenhagen

Many small streams make one big river! We are crowdfunding for FAIR's new awesome partner tMinds, who - amongst other things - are doing teacher training at schools in Malawi. In order to collect and prepare equipment for these schools, we urgently needs financing for our workshop in Copenhagen which is operated by volunteers. Funds are split 50:50 between these causes.

https://www.fairdanmark.dk/en/crowdfunding/tmin...

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