Project diary: Astam Computer Centre, Nepal

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These slides are a photo essay of the efforts of the Logged On Foundation to establish a computer centre in the village of Astam, Nepal, for the benefit of school children in the region and as a community resource centre. The work began in early September 2011 and was completed mid-November 2011. The success of the project depended on community participation and support, local technical know how and support from groups and individuals both within Nepal and Australia.

The Logged On Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that uses computers and the internet to improve the state of education in less fortunate communities and to connect them to a world of ideas, services, entrepreneurial activities, and knowledge exchange.

For more information, visit: www.loggedon.org

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Project diary: Astam Computer Centre, Nepal

  1. Mark Pinoli (Logged On President) and Peter Bach are welcomed to Astam
  2. Computer Centre building on arrival
  3. Computer Centre building before departure
  4. The management team faced many issues during construction and installation, butthey were quickly solved with phone calls and Committee meetings
  5. Transporting equipment – pole for wireless antenna and chairs
  6. Consulting the local community – many public meetings were held
  7. Meeting to form the Computer Centre Management Committee
  8. Networking with NGOs in Nepal: Meeting between Mark Pinoli (Logged On FoundationPresident - left), Dr Raju Adhikari (middle) and Roshendra Khadka (right) from HELP Nepal.
  9. Meeting between Mark Pinoli (left) and Mahabir Pun from Nepal Wireless
  10. Computer Centre not quite finished when computers arrived
  11. Allen Tuladhar from Microsoft Nepal and his team survey the Centre on Arrival
  12. Microsoft Nepal technician Raju Shrestha sets up the server
  13. Allen speaks to the Computer Centre Technical Team and Management Committee
  14. End of the first day of installing the computers. Microsoft Innovation Centre Director, AllenTuladhar, Shree Bhumeshwor School Committee Chair, Bishow Adhikari, chat around thecampfire.
  15. Technical team helping to set up the computers
  16. Technicians set up the wireless antenna and bring broadband internet toAstam for the first time
  17. Students from the Shree Bhumeshwor School shown the computers forthe first time
  18. Computer Centre opened on the 10 November 2011
  19. Dignitaries at the opening, Mark Pinoli (left), Logged On President, Arjun Thapa, Development Officer, DistrictDevelopment Committee and Sudip Ayal (right), United Nations Development Programme Consultant
  20. Skype call was made to an overseas relative on a phone via the ComputerCentre wireless network on opening day
  21. Students and parents try out the new computers on opening day
  22. Logged On President explains the thin client computer configuration
  23. Journalist friends covering the opening of the Centre
  24. Celebration dinner with Raju Pariyar, Chairman of the Computer Centre Committee (left)and his family
  25. Friends looking after the Logged On team whilst in Astam
  26. Documenting Logged On’s work through video
  27. Video interview with Shiva Adhikari
  28. Logged On Foundation President discussing future projects in West Nepal
  29. Visiting schools in the region to discuss future collaboration
  30. On the Logged On teams last day in Astam, US$1,000 donation was made for thepurchase of more equipment for the Computer Centre
  31. The computer facility on Logged On’s arrival – only one computer working
  32. The computer facilities on Logged On’s departure – 11 computers runningWindows 7 in operation
  33. Students say thanks to Logged On Foundation donors for the new Centre
  34. These slides are a photo essay of the efforts of the Logged OnFoundation to establish a computer centre in the village of Astam,Nepal, for the benefit of school children in the region and as acommunity resource centre. The work began in early September 2011and was completed mid-November 2011. The success of the projectdepended on community participation and support, local technicalknow how and support from groups and individuals both within Nepaland Australia.The Logged On Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that uses computersand the internet to improve the state of education in less fortunate communitiesand to connect them to a world of ideas, services, entrepreneurial activities, andknowledge exchange.For more information, visit: www.loggedon.org

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