The computer rooms at the Goedgedacht Youth Centres were planned with this vision in mind: Rooms filled with computers with groups of children hard at work doing their homework, other groups researching opportunities for University bursaries or looking at pictures of their dream car while another group of shrieking kids are playing a computer game which teaches them problem solving. Not all of the computer rooms have computers in them yet and we are working hard to make this dream a reality.
The POP Youth Centre in Riverlands has received WONDERFUL news earlier this month with regards to their computer lab.
Quinton Lindenberg, a resident of Riverlands, has made a donation of eight computers and a colour printer to the centre as well as tables and chairs to finish setting up the computer room.
Quinton is also offering his time to us. He has undertaken to provide training to POP staff and his friend Paul Ridgeway will assist with keeping the computers updated! In addition to this, he is also funding the internet for the centre as well as providing the centre with paper and ink for the rest of the year.
This is indeed wonderful news for the POP children!
Filling our computer labs with computers would be like opening the door to an entire new world for the rural children in our programmes. Things which are often taken for granted like a laptop or the internet is a luxury in the communities where we work.
Filling our labs with computers does not only benefit the youth in these communities. We also open the labs in the mornings when the children are not using it to give the rest of the community an opportunity to access the internet or print documents.
The donation of Quinton is a wonderful gift to Riverlands! We are so grateful for friends like Quinton who share our vision of transformed rural communities.