Bridge of Hope Computer Education Center
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Info about the Bridge of Hope Computer Education Center
Bridge of Hope currently serves 180 children of Ijevan and surrounding villages, of which about 85 are disabled, most of which are from disadvantaged and at risk families. The primary goal of the organization is the equal education of all and has been an advocate of inclusive education. The organization currently partners with local schools and other organizations, including the local and regional governments to identify and provide support to these children
Currently availible are 5 computers that are being used full time in classes and camps. 5 additional computers that have been on loan are now being returned to their organizations as they are needed there. Currently there is a computer ratio in classes and activities of 2-3 children per computer which not only affects the quality of the program but also limits the number of children that can engage in the program.
The organization wants to engage the children in real world application of the skills receive which will help increase the use and retention of these skills. As a result it is the wish to have as part of the classroom activities, the creation of a student run newsletter highlighting the activities of the organization to the community future activities, student accomplishments and general organizational information.
Due to lack of adequate surge protection to protect the equipment from power surges in the local power grid, they have had the failure of 4 computers, 1 irreparably in the last 6 months, further depleting the resources available to the children. Also in use is aged, low capacity printing equipment and is need of a higher capacity copier/printer that can facilitate the economical printing and coping of organizational materials and newsletters.