Connecting remote communities
Throughout 2015 we funded three Hello Hubs: community built, outdoor, solar-powered Internet kiosks. The scheme is run by Projects for All (PfA), who aim to connect remote communities to learning by installing Hello Hubs. PfA is a non-profit organisation, with the mission to empower communities facing human rights challenges by providing support and partnership, guided by respect, trust and community ownership.
Every project they create is open source and designed to be owned and operated by the community, thus allowing its people to be the drivers of their own progression. PfA engineers work with communities to build the Hello Hubs, so that from wiring to construction the whole hub is built and maintained by the local community.
Exploring how technology can drive impact makes sense for a Foundation with our heritage. Show Me The World supports innovative projects and harnesses the power of technology to connect some of the remotest places in the world. We hope to pilot many more technological leaps that will propel education access. One of the projects we're excited about right now, is a mobile application called Snapstory.
Snapstory is a mobile app that allows you to monitor programmes in real time using android technology. It allows staff delivering projects in Africa to capture stories about work on the ground so that donors on the other side of the world can get feedback in real time. The app saves valuable staff time by reducing data collection from being a multi-step manual process to a 2 step digital process. The aim is to improve the way school data is captured and used, as well as helping our partners tell their stories in the digital space.
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General
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