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In the impoverished communities of Cambodia, young children – especially girls – have limited employment opportunities outside prostitution and sweatshop slavery. Ctrl Alt Del Poverty and Visiontrust are both organizations that seek to eliminate these limitations, enrich impoverished communities through opportunity and empower local youth.
Matt Storer of Visiontrust and Greg Wilborn of Ctrl Alt Del Poverty recently joined forces with Blake Schwank from Colorado Computer Support to build a new computer lab to connect these communities with unprecedented access to tech education resources.
The team arrived in Cambodia on April 4th and began by installing 10 new computers in a computer lab in a rural community north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Students will use the new computers to learn Microsoft office. Learning to use Microsoft Office offers a huge competitive advantage for Cambodian students looking to escape poverty through secure employment. The team then traveled further North to a rural village outside of Bakan, where they helped to build a brand-new kitchen for locals to use.
Cambodian locals at both locations were introduced to the Mobile Education Technology Lab from Ctrl Alt Del Poverty. The Mobile Education Technology Lab includes a variety of interactive learning tools and educational resources, including Kahn Academy, to connect local students with educational resources about a variety of topics including math, science, computer programming and more.
Blake Schwank from Colorado Computer Support stated, “It was such a rewarding experience to bring the magic and convenience of technology to these rural communities in Cambodia. In the US, we often take technology for granted because it’s such a fundamental part of everyday life. For young and eager Cambodian students, tech resources and education have the capacity to be a downright life-changer.”
Schwank also stated, “Anything I can do to help provide a better tech education experience to students around the globe is truly an honor. I am grateful to Matt Storer of Visiontrust and Greg Wilborn of Ctrl Alt Del Poverty for allowing me to contribute to this mission. I look forward to all the future opportunities we’ll have to make tech education more accessible and dynamic for students around the world.”