Kwahu-Tafo, a small rural town in the northwest of Ghana has been transformed following the donation of 400 computers.
Following the establishment of computer rooms in all Senior Secondary Schools, school attendance increased and children come from other towns to learn ICT skills. The computerisation of Kwahu-Tafo has also been instrumental in its selection as the site for the government's district ICT centre within the next two years.
Digital Partnership worked with Friends of Tafo, an organisation that aims to empower as well as help the people of Kwahu-Tafo via responsible giving that generates capacity for self-development in education, health, employment and infrastructure.
In line with the Digital Partnership mission to bring affordable access to ICT for education and enterprise, the programme helped establish a computer equipped learning lab at WHEDCO, the New York City based Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation located in the Bronx.
WHEDCo is dedicated to alleviating poverty by providing people with the tools and support they need to enter and succeed in the economic mainstream. At a time when the gap between rich and poor is greater than ever, WHEDCo narrows the divide by developing beautiful, award-winning housing and uniquely integrated programs in the areas of childcare, education, job training, and small business development.
In collaboration with Standard Chartered Bank, ITExpeditors and Timberland, the learning lab was set up to teach computer skills to the participants of WHEDCo initiatives including job training, family day care micro-enterprise development and the after school programs.
50 high quality, pre-used computers were donated by Standard Chartered Bank and fully refurbished by ITExpeditors, a company dedicated to capturing the hidden value in obsolete IT equipment. The Timberland Company provided the time and talents of its IT Department to set up and network the learning lab.
The WHEDCo learning lab plays an important part in the efforts to provide effective support to vulnerable people, from single mothers to new immigrants, enabling them to succeed economically and to raise healthy children.