What would you do without a computer? Your answer probably boils down to: not much.
In today's plugged-in world, computers are used to find and apply for jobs, check and manage financial accounts, access news, communicate with family and friends, keep up with children’s grades, and much more. Computers have become a fundamental part of leading a self-sufficient, productive life.
Did you know? It may surprise you that many people that have come to the United States to rebuild their lives have never had the opportunity to use a computer. In IEDA Relief’s English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, which serve mainly refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, only 13% of adult students know how to turn on a computer.Although there are computer courses available in Houston, many are not suitable for IEDA Relief's students and clients because they are prohibitively expensive, held at inaccessible locations or unsuitable times, and/or too advanced.
IEDA Relief's Digital Upgrade: We know that computer access and computer literacy are fundamental needs for the Houston area communities we serve. Using computers can help our clients and students build crucial skills and give them new opportunities in their professional and personal lives. That's why we are aiming to offer people the opportunity to learn about and use computers at our Houston headquarters. With your help, we will:
- Provide free Computer Literacy courses to anyone seeking basic computer education
- Integrate computer-based learning into IEDA Relief's ESL and citizenship courses, as well as any future educational programs
- Establish a computer lab to provide IEDA Relief's students and clients with access to computers during non-class hours
What do we need? IEDA Relief already has the necessary classroom space and a team of capable and dedicated staff and volunteers to achieve our goals. But we're missing some crucial items:
- 10 desktop computers
- Microsoft Office software for each computer
- 10 new desks
- 10 new chairs
- a projector
- power strips
We checked the prices and it will cost about $8000 to get started. Once we've checked off the items above, we can use them to create much-needed programs that will run for years to come.
Together, we can bridge the digital divide. By giving to IEDA Relief, you can help Houston refugees, asylum seekers, immigrants and others seeking access to computers and computer-based education in the Houston area to become empowered and self-sufficient members of society. Thank you for your donations!
Want to learn more about IEDA Relief? Check out www.iedarelief.org.