I.T.4Success

A Peace Corps project that aims to equip an elementary school’s classroom with computers & needed furniture in rural Costa Rica.

Project Update: A new door means more security

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 | Comments

Project Update: A new door means more security

This project’s progress has been very slow thanks to the Costa Rican bureaucracy we’ve face these past months.  The project could have been inaugurated a month (or two) ago but due to problems we incurred attempting to implement the funds to fix the electrical installation, the project got pushed back and I had to equip myself with patience and persistence on a daily basis. But, the great news is that we are progressing now.  The electrical installation repairs are almost done and we have a new door!  You may ask, why a new door? Why not save money? Well, the elementary school...

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Project update: Party helped raise $1000 for computer lab project

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 | Comments

Project update: Party helped raise $1000 for computer lab project

It was 3:00 am Saturday morning, only 3 committee members were left and we were almost done closing the party venue. The party started at 9pm Friday night, and we were exhausted. The project’s Planning Committee decided in April to host a party (baile) in order to raise more funds to cover the local costs of the computer lab project.  But, this was not an easy decision. The school was always skeptical about hosting party fundraisers because 60% of the time they resulted in loses.  This time, it was not our case. The idea started with a guy named Jairo also known as Menealo or Zorro Blanco...

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Results from Echoing Green’s Connect with you Community Challenge are in!

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 | Comments

Results from Echoing Green’s Connect with you Community Challenge are in!

As you may remember, I entered Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program‘s Challenge where the most voted idea would receive $1000 to be implemented in partnership with GOOD. They had asked people to submit ideas on how to cultivate a deeper relationship with the community I serve and I proposed to use these funds to help build a computer for low-income youth and families in rural Costa Rica. Unfortunately, my idea didn’t win.  My project was competing against amazing causes and nonprofit organizations. But, not all news are bad news. I was happy to know that even though my...

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Project Update: Classroom starts to get a new look

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 | Comments

Project Update: Classroom starts to get a new look

I am happy to inform you that the future computer lab classroom is 40% remodeled. With funds raised locally by the community, construction materials were already purchased and the remodeling of the infrastructure took place. The committee received three price quotes for labor and material costs. They went through a decision-making process which led them to hire Rodolfo – a community member that is known for his quality work in construction. The next step is to wait until the electrical installation is completed so the ceiling can be closed and the classroom can be painted....

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Project Update: CRUSA Foundation agrees to support computer lab project

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 | Comments

Project Update: CRUSA Foundation agrees to support computer lab project

CRUSA Foundation (Fundación CRUSA in Spanish) agrees to support our computer lab project and will donate $5,000 to the elementary school’s Board of Education (Junta de Educación in Spanish). The CRUSA Foundation (CRUSA) is a private, independent institution founded in 1996 by five Americans and five Costa Ricans who decided to unite their efforts to achieve a common objective: improving the quality of life of Costa Ricans. Almost a month ago, I sent to CRUSA a grant application in support of the computer lab project via Peace Corps.  The days past by and I wondered when I’d receive a...

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Vote to help win $1000 for my computer lab project

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 | Comments

Vote to help win $1000 for my computer lab project

I am running to win $1000 through GOOD Maker, a new online platform for catalyzing social change and Echoing Green’s Work on Purpose Program. GOOD has asked the community to submit ideas on how to cultivate a deeper relationship with the community I serve and I proposed to use these funds to help build a computer for low-income youth and families in rural Costa Rica, and need your vote to win! The idea: Using technology to fulfill this goal can empower children, educate unemployed youth, and diminish the economic hardships of the men and women that live in an artisan community called...

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