In September 2010, I joined the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) service-learning course at Columbus School for Girls not knowing that I would soon develop an indescribable passion for providing children with access to a technologically advanced education. After working for more than a year to develop a set of 10 lessons to teach kids about sanitation on these computers, I realized that I wanted to take my work with OLPC to the next level. After that, it all happened out of nowhere. I was playing around on OLPC’s website one day in December 2011 in my technology teacher’s office when I realized that there had never been any OLPC involvement in Egypt. Ultimately, I decided that if I didn’t take it upon myself to get these computers to Egypt, it couldn’t be guaranteed that I was going to see it happen in my lifetime. That day, I made it my goal to raise enough money to buy 100 of the computers (and pay for their shipping) to send to Egypt by November 2012. We’re talking about $25,000 here. I soon found Hands Along the Nile. We immediately partnered to make the project happen, and now I’m proud to say that the project is officially under way.
I can’t wait to see where this project takes me, and I can only hope that the students of the schools who will eventually be receiving the computers are just as excited as I am! I encourage you to join me on this journey, each step of the way through this blog–Buckle up, it’s going to be one awesome ride!