Sunday, August 10, 2014

They cannot wait

During the two weeks in Rwanda this summer, we worked at 3 schools.  At Center for Champions in Rwamagana, we improved a computer network that we installed last year, introduced iPADs, e-microscopes, more ebooks, science workshops, and programming workshops. 

At the schools at Kinyana and Gatenzi, they do not have electrical power.  Hence we installed solar panels on the roof, used the solar-generated electricity to charge a car battery, and used the car battery to charge routers, iPADs, and computers, so that we could also run computer workshops.  Their teachers are also at a lower level of computer literacy.  Hence we could not do as much as we did at places like Rwamagana. 

Many people have asked why we bother to go to places like Kinyana and Gatenzi, where they do not even have electricity, let alone broadband access to Internet.  How can they expect to learn and use advanced technology such as computers?Even after we made the effort to install solar panels, it is much harder to work there, and we could achieve much less, compared to places like Rwamagana, where they have at least electricity and broadband access to Internet.  Why don't we wait until places like Kinyana and Gatenzi have electrical power before we go there?

Our African Evangelical Enterprise partners have very eloquent answers to those questions, “The children in those places cannot wait. They might be adults before they have electricity.”

In 1 John 3:17 in the Bible, it says, “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”.

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