Sr. Pamela Marie Buganski
“God is always talking to me when I am in Guatemala.”
WWW. World Wide Web. According to Wikipedia, the system of interconnected networks known as the internet was invented in 1982. By 1995 the internet was commercialized.
In 1995, I was 39. It is difficult to imagine that I actually survived for 39 years without the internet.
To help the poor, anywhere, we need to find ways to identify with them. This exercise might assist us in experiencing the real gap between those who have and those who do not have what we would, I dare say, consider essential to daily life in the modern WORLD.
This is a test. Teachers love to give tests!
1. Today I want you to imagine how you would get through the day without access to internet. Seriously. What would you be able to do and what would you not be able to do? At home? At work? At church? At meetings? Make a list.
2. How would your day today be different if you didn't rely on the internet? In terms of time? Resources? Access? Anything else you can think of? Write it out.
3. Story Problem: SewHope has made it a priority to assist the children through educational assistance in the village of Purushila. SewHope has 90 Dell laptop computers available for use, about 50 of them have been dedicated for use in Purushila. Purushila has no internet at this time. Electricity is available. It seems that the only way to actually get internet is to build a tower in the midst of the hills there. The local companies are not willing to do this because there is no monetary return to supplying internet to little dirt villages. They have other priorities. How would SewHope move forward to assist with education cheaply, effectively and efficiently without internet access in a computer environment?
Please send me your responses to the above three questions. Let's use the internet to share and to try to solve this real world problem. Like, seriously. You can reply in a comment to this blog, or write me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am working with one answer. Anne came up with the idea. It is the best idea so far. It is cheap and effective, but it requires an extreme amount of my time and is therefore not efficient. I've continued to streamline the process, but I'm thinking that there must be a better way. I'm hoping that one of you out there have that way and will share it.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012