Re: World Computer Exchange Update

  • To: "Irfan Khan" <>, <s-asia-it at apnic dot net>
  • Subject: Re: World Computer Exchange Update
  • From: "SS Singh" <sgreach at dte.vsnl dot net dot in>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2000 13:09:26 +0530
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    • Hi,
      Can you advise how  as a Bihar NGO in India we can link with you ?
      We are in the process of development of TELEWORK for community development
      in the urban &regional area of the state capital PATNA.
      Thanking you in advance,
      Merry christmas and happy new year!
      Sitasaran Singh CMC
      CPDS(Center for Planning Development & Science)
      Pustak Bhandar Compound,
      G M Road,
      Patna 800 004. India
      Ph: (91 612)672958, 667536  Website:
      e-mail: sgreach at dte.vsnl dot net dot in
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Irfan Khan <>
      To: s-asia-it at apnic dot net <s-asia-it at apnic dot net>
      Date: Sunday, December 17, 2000 10:56 AM
      Subject: World Computer Exchange Update
      [mentions activities in india and pakistan; with thanks to KABISSA-
      FAHAMU NEWSLETTER - 15 December 2000]
      ... World Computer Exchange Update
      I'd like to update you about the Computer Exchange work. We've added
      another country to the program (making 34) and another 38 schools
      (making 458). As you may recall, each school agrees to connect its
      students with students in US schools and help its students develop
      websites to share their rich history & culture.  This month, we
      learned that SDNP India (within the Ministry of Environment and
      Forests of the Government of India) decided not to fund the
      Exchange's shipment to SEWA planned for the middle of December.  We
      are now working to secure alternative funding and encouraging the
      Exchange's NGO Partners and Allied Organisations in India to seek to
      involve SDNP in all of their ICT planning.  It looks like this may
      delay this first shipment into January. Any advice would be most
      We would like to extend special thanks to those organizations that
      have made commitments of computers and monitors during November,
      including Ford Motor Company, Fidelity Investments, Think Detroit,
      and the Riecken Foundation. Alex Mbianda, our Programme Officer for
      Cameroon, has secured computers, monitors, and printers from Keyspan
      Energy Delivery. Thanks for help in recruiting computers to two of
      our Allied Organisations: Asha for Education and Kabissa-A Space for
      Africa on the Internet.
      This month, the Exchange will enter into a standard agreement with
      the Ministry of Technology of the Government of Pakistan to provide
      computers for Internet access for schools in Pakistan.  This
      agreement is contingent on their providing $15,000 to cover the
      Exchange's costs for this shipment and $5,000 for the shipping costs.
      The Exchange has now approved fifteen partner agreements.
      A completed Plan of Implementation and draft list of schools has been
      received from the Agency for Sustainable Development Initiatives in
      Uganda. It reflects their work in cooperation with several other NGOs
      to recruit schools and funding to cover the Exchange's shipping
      costs. We are also expecting a cooperative Plan of Implementation and
      draft list of schools jointly from the Foundation for Economic
      Development and SDNP in Bangladesh working with several other NGOs.
      It is wonderful that these two efforts are fully cooperating!  This
      shipment is contingent upon the SDNP/UNDP directly paying the
      shipping costs.
      We would greatly appreciate any and all help in building a flow of
      donated computers for our NGO Partners and the schools that they have
      recruited! Your suggestions and comments welcome.
      Timothy Anderson
      World Computer Exchange, Inc.
      936 Nantasket Avenue
      Hull, Massachusetts 02045 USA
      781.925.3078    FAX: 509.752.9186