Our mission is to advance the lives of underprivileged youth through computer training. The goal is to turn impoverished (yet very talented) girls and boys into IT professionals after 5 to 7 years of after-school program attendance.
Our pilot program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia began in 2012 with a select group of “street kids” (boys and girls) between the ages of 10 – 14. While education is the core of our work the net result is that the status quo of illiteracy, poverty, slavery, sex crimes, and (for many girls) arranged marriages, will be replaced with well-rounded contributors to society. The IT training will prepare these vulnerable teens to use a unique set of computer skills in a corporate environment, granting them access to jobs and income that will result in stable lives. In addition to IT training, students receive tutoring in any subject they need help with (algebra, physics, etc.), advanced English language classes, and nutritious food (fruits, vegetables, injera (the local bread made from hi-protein teff grain))before class. Food is also provided to up to 150 additional children in the area that come to the facility but do not participate in the program.
Our efforts always work in concert with the host country's internal goals of technology growth and the Millennium Development Goals set forth by the United Nations.