use of capital is not to make more money but to make money to do
more for the betterment of life.” – Henry Ford
February 2014, 3 students from Aga Khan Academy Mombasa (AKAM);
Fatema Hassanali, Pooja Hira and Saima Hasham have been teaching
computer applications to a group of 12 children from Mombasa
Children’s Home, located in Kizingo.
Children’s Home is run by the Salvation Army and houses 64
children ranging from ages 3 to 17.
carried out a reading project with the children two years ago,
at the Home library.
noticed that they had a computer in the Library, but further
inquiry revealed that it was not functional and the children did
not have anyone to teach them.
of the children do not get exposure to IT in their schools
either and in the present world; it is a disadvantage because it
deprives them of access to information and connectivity.
three Aga Khan Academy students decided to take up the mantle of
developing computer literacy amongst children in the home.
Saturday, classes are held at the Aga Khan Academy Computer Lab
for three hours. Within five weeks the children have managed to
learn Microsoft Office Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and Internet
one of the most dedicated students in the class says “I really
appreciate what you are doing. Before, I never knew anything
about computers, but now I know how to type on Microsoft Word
and make presentations on PowerPoint”.
the older children have already been taught basic IT skills, the
long term aim is for them to pass on the skills to their younger
peers. Schools are however closing for the summer break and the
students will be unable to continue working in the AKAM labs.
in order to make this project sustainable and achieve their
long-term aim, the students need a minimum of four desktop
computers for the Children’s Home to be able to continue
teaching the children during the school holidays.
are seeking support from corporate or individuals for donation
of desktop computers for this worthy cause. Your donation will
be highly appreciated and will go towards bettering the lives of
the young members of the community who are totally dependent on
such assistance to give them a chance in this harsh world.