Jim Skon, professor of computer technology at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, spent two days with us in Santa Ana and Purushila improving our level of technology. His expertise in the area of computers as well as his experience of bringing computers into impoverished areas of Belize fot the past 25 years, have made his assistance beyond measure.
With Jim's help, we made great progress in attempting to get a steady internet signal to Purushila. After study and experiementation, we managed to mount a Claro dish on the side of the building. Jim also set up for us the ability to use the internet on a classroom full of computers with a single modem. This means only one monthly payment of between $32 and $40 for internet services for a computer lab in the school. The potential improvements that this will bring to the education program of grades K-9 in Purushila is again beyond measure.
Unfortunately, we still have not established a strong and consistent signal. Peter's parents will be joining us for some days in two weeks. It is our hope that Peter and his father will be able to finish the job. Actually, Ken Meinecke doesn't know this yet, but he is not allowed to leave until the internet is up and running!
Jim also taught Peter and Ismael how to make stronger batteries for longer and stronger running of our solar lights. Basically, we are using batteries which no longer work in computers but are good for other uses. Jim can bring us a large supply at no cost, since they are basically waste from his computers.
Jim, we are once again grateful for your ingenuity and dedication to the work of SewHope! Thank you!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012