Yesterday in University College Dublin (UCD) Maureen O’ Donnell, Camara’s European and Caribbean Service Manager and Caroline O’Connor of UCD Volunteers Overseas signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the introduction of a solar powered computer lab and a teacher training programme in Gros Morne, Haiti.
It is anticipated that this installation, which is scheduled to take place next month, will be the first of many new eLearning centres introduced across the region under this partnership.
The two organisations have worked together since 2009, originally on a project in Morogoro, Tanzania to collect, refurbish and transport computers from Ireland to develop computer education programmes in the region. The initial project expanded over time to include multiple schools and an extended computer training programme.
UCDVO are already actively engaged in community development projects in the Gros Morne area of Haiti, and we are delighted that they are embarking on this new project with Camara. A team of 25 volunteers from UCDVO will join our team in Haiti next month to begin this exciting project.
This will be the first solar-powered computer lab installation Camara has implemented in Haiti, representing a new opportunity for us, in partnership with UCDVO to address a fundamental problem with access to ICT in Haiti- electricity. Electricity is incredibly expensive and not widely available outside of urban areas. In Gros Morne solar power offers an affordable clean energy alternative to the diesel generators currently used in these areas.
To find out more about Camara Haiti contact Ailish.