Best Blogs: African Computers February 10, 2009

The message below is from former Daily Sentinel reporter Emily Morris. Emily is serving in the Peace Corps in Senegal and needs your help. Please read on:

Hi everyone,
If you’re broke, stop reading now and forward this post to anyone with disposable income.
As you may or may not know, my main objective here is to provide my middle/high school with computers. Recently, I learned World Computer Exchange is sending a shipment of computers to Senegal and, if I had a paltry $1,725, I could get 33 computers for my school and community.
Now, $1,725 is slightly more than the average annual salary here, but my village has given about $200 and committed to maintenance, transportation, and installing Internet for the student’s use (I’m going to have a serious talk with admin. about porn and online scams).
I could expound on how amazing these computers would be for the students, but I’ve been told to keep these blog posts short.
Still, most of these students have never used a computer before in their lives. If they can get the computers, the school will incorporate computer classes into next year’s curriculum, allowing everyone access.
I’m under a bit of a deadline (seriously, I learned about this last minute when I visited a cyber cafe on a whim). So if you can square it with your conscience. skip the church offering this week and donate through Please DO NOT forget to designate the donation to “PCV Emily Morris in Senegal.”
This is a sustainable project. All maintenance and Internet installation will be handled by the school. Seven teachers on staff will conduct training for the other teachers, who in turn will instruct the students. Frankly, I don’t see a downside but feel free to contact me at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have any questions.
P.S. I could say that I encourage you to send this blog post to other people, but I’ll quit dodging the issue — I’m begging you.


Sounds like a worthy cause for The Daily Sentinel/’s monthly Friday Jeans for charity fund-raiser. I know a lot of other businesses in town have similar programs. Pooling our resources, I bet we could get to $1,725 in no time.
by Laurena

Oh yeah, and Emily, make sure you teach them to become Haute Mama fans!
by Richie

I’m happy to use the blog for a good cause. I hope she finds her donations and the village puts it to good use. For the cost of one computer she gets 33? Sounds like an already beneficial program that just needs a little help.
by Robin

The Haute Mamas have never asked for donations before and we won’t be making a habit of it. Emily only needs a relatively small amount of money with huge returns. It’s very easy to give and only takes a couple of minutes. Every dollar counts.


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