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    A Desktop Computer for our Community Activists

    Day 249

    A Shared Workspace

    Community Activists (or CAs) are our closest link to the community in Kyangwali refugee settlement. These members of the ARC team – refugees themselves and 68 activists in total – make their homes in the small communities and villages that comprise Kyangwali.

    They are pillars in their communities. When an important message or public health concern needs to be communicated, CAs bring it to their communities. And if there is a dispute or disagreement among their neighbors, they are there first to help them settle it or refer the matter to someone else to help resolve.

    Part of the job of our CAs is to create written reports about what’s happening in their communities to share with other ARC staff. These are written with paper and pen, and since they are hard copies they can be difficult to share amongst the whole team.

    So, on Day 249, we thought we could do a little something to make the reporting process easier while helping our CAs learn some new skills. So, we purchased a desktop computer for the 68 Community Activists to share.

    The team was really excited to get started with this new tool. “If I had learned this computer earlier, my future would be different and higher,” said Leopold, a 60-year old CA after receiving a computer. “But it’s still not too late for me to shine,” he grinned.

    Many of our Community Activists might someday be resettled to a third country. And they’ll likely find computers where they go. The new computer will not only help them with their current reports, it will help prepare them for the day when they’ll need computer skills to help them start a new life.

    This change made possible by Atomic Data.

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