Benalla P-12 College principal Barbara O’Brien was pleased this week to present David Tharratt, the Australian representative of Tumaini Miles of Smiles orphanage in Kenya, with 20 Dell netbooks previously used in Benalla P-12 College’s student 1:1 laptop program.
The laptops, while still working, had expired their usefulness at the college and the student 1:1 laptop program has been replaced with the iPad/BYOD program recently established at the college.
Students from Benalla P-12 College are fully behind this endeavour.
‘‘The laptops would open up a whole new world of learning for these children and give them a much better education. Since we don’t use the laptops anymore it would be a great way to not have them around but give them to a good cause,’’ Clare Still from Year 7 said.
Ankur Singh, also from Year 7, said: ‘‘Our school has updated to iPads and our whole school will soon be completely equipped with them so we do not really have a great need for the computers anymore.’’
Tumaini Miles of Smiles orphanage was established in 2005 and is located in a rural setting in western Kenya. Recent developments at the orphanage have seen the introduction of the town electricity supply (replacing the orphanage’s independent solar system) and the establishment in 2014 of a trade school.
“The trade school currently has about 45 students and they have the opportunity to learn skills such as mechanics, carpentry, tailoring, brick-laying and computing,’’ Mr Tharratt said.
‘‘The computing course will benefit greatly from the computers donated by Benalla P-12 College. Acquiring computer skills and experience will greatly improve their chances of employment.
‘‘Even old technology that works is an improvement for Tumaini as they run the operation on a shoestring budget that doesn’t extend to purchasing computer hardware.
‘‘All our developments have been funded by donations of both money and labour provided largely by people outside of Kenya, including a generous donation from the Australian High Commissioner in Nairobi, and from many private individuals who not only sponsor the children in the orphanage, but also sometimes spend their annual vacation working at the orphanage as volunteers.’’
People interested in supporting the orphanage can email Mr Tharratt at firstname.lastname@example.org