Posts Tagged ‘Nonprofits’

The Last Mile

The “last mile” is a term used by telecommunications industry to describe the final leg in the journey to connect a person to a network. I’m experiencing my own last mile with Victor. Since the school year began we haven’t been doing the Reading Kingdom, because Victor doesn’t have internet access in his living quarters. Many other supportive conditions are…

One Laptop Per Child

Our weekly “Site We Like” pick and #doingitright nod goes to Nicholas Negroponte and the One Lap Top Per Child foundation for persisting in their vision to provide access to education to every child in the world. In this video Nicholas Negroponte gives an overview of their mission. One Laptop Per Child’s site And by the way, for you book…

A Good Samaritan Donates a Computer

In my efforts to get Victor to use the Reading Kingdom I promised his mother that I would try to get him a donated laptop. School on Wheels volunteers are discouraged from giving large gifts, so I figured a donation would be the way to go. I put an ad on Craigslist. “Donate used laptop to help homeless kid learn…

Just One Hour

Last November I volunteered to tutor a homeless child for one hour a week through a program called Schools on Wheels. `One hour a week?’ I thought. I can easily do that. At the volunteer orientation I learned all sorts of disheartening facts. There are 1.5 million homeless people in the US — 290,000 of them live in California and 14,000  live…