New Project in Rural Egypt Extends CARE’s Power Within Program
Submitted by: GlobalGiving
Posted: Sep 01, 2009 – 03:25 PM EST
WASHINGTON, Sep. 01 /CSRwire/ - In the spirit of "back to school," GlobalGiving and Intel announced they are working with CARE on the first project being supported by the Technology for Education Fund. Through a $45,000 grant from the Fund, CARE will deliver new technology and training to teachers and approximately 13,000 students-more than half girls-living in rural Egypt.
The grant to CARE represents the official launch of the Technology for Education Fund. The Fund campaign aims to raise a total of $100,000 to support programs in developing countries that will use technology to enhance the quality of education. To date, Intel has contributed $50,000 to the Fund, and hopes to attract additional donors interested in supporting high-impact educational initiatives in impoverished communities. GlobalGiving, the leading marketplace for philanthropy, is providing the online platform through which donors can support the Fund (www.globalgiving.com/techforeducation); as an incentive, Intel is offering $15,000 to match - dollar for dollar - individual donations to the Fund through the end of 2009.
"Technology can help create a more interactive learning experience and connect students with a world of opportunities," said Lila Ibrahim, general manager of Intel's Emerging Markets Platform Group. "Intel is honored to support the Technology for Education Fund as part of our commitment to deliver quality education around the world."
"Education is the key to solving so many of the challenges facing those living in developing countries," said Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-founder of GlobalGiving. "For as little as $10, individuals can make a huge impact in the life of a child, a village and an entire community."
CARE, with the support of the Egyptian Ministry of Education, will be working with 20 schools in rural Egypt to deliver mobile computer carts equipped with 25 Intel powered classmate PCs, bringing the student/computer ratio to approximately 1:1. The increased access to computers will enhance students' reasoning and analytical skills and support extracurricular activities such as developing social networks online. In addition, the equipment and training will enable girls to connect with each other, learn to engage in civic action projects, expand their social networks and increase their leadership skills.
"This project makes an important contribution to CARE's Power Within Program," said Sarah Bouchie, Director of Basic & Girls' Education at CARE. "Power Within is CARE's commitment to helping 10 million girls complete primary education and develop leadership skills. As these girls grow into young women, they will make a difference in fighting poverty in their families and communities. Given the significant educational challenges for girls in Upper Egypt, we have chosen these communities as our focus."
GlobalGiving (www.globalgiving.com) is the leading Internet-based network for peer-to-peer philanthropy. Our mission is to sustain a marketplace for good that connects donors directly to the causes they care most about. Through GlobalGiving, individuals and corporations can maximize the impact of every dollar by efficiently and transparently directing their donations to projects here at home and around the world. Since its launch in 2002, GlobalGiving has helped thousands of donors give more than $21 million to 1,300 projects.
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Working side by side with poor people in more than 65 countries, CARE helps empower communities to address the greatest threats to their survival. Women are at the heart of CARE's efforts to improve health, education and economic development because experience shows that a woman's achievements yield dramatic benefits for her entire family. CARE is also committed to providing lifesaving assistance during times of crisis, and helping rebuild safer, stronger communities afterward. We advocate for policies that defend the dignity of all people and promote the eradication of poverty. www.care.org
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Intel [NASDAQ: INTC], the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. The Technology for Education Fund builds upon Intel's 40 years of active involvement in improving education. More information is available at www.intel.com/pressroom/kits/stc. Over the past decade, Intel has invested over $1 billion, and Intel employees have donated more than 2.5 million hours toward improving education in 50 countries. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom and blogs.intel.com.