Palmyra-Haiti Wiki Project Update

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Palmyra-Haiti Wiki Project Update

During the 2008-2009 school year, a pilot educational wiki collaborative was created between Les Bons Samaritains School in St. Marc Haiti and the Palmyra Middle School in Palmyra, Pennsylvania. Through the support of many, nearly $2,000 in funding and materials was obtained to start the program. A graduate student from Lebanon Valley College (Elizabeth Lingle) spent the spring semester of 2009 at Les Bons Samaritains to help create the wiki project. The project had a setback during the 2009-2010 school year due to earthquake in Port au Prince and the loss of one of the trained staff at the school. In April of 2010, plans were proposed to expand the pilot wiki program and to make it sustainable. Funding was key to the sustainability of the project to purchase equipment and to provide for continued staff and student training at Les Bons Samaritains.In June of 2010, our project was adopted and posted on the fundraising website, GlobalGiving. The project has received guidance and support from a major international technology corporation.This innovative project has received attention from several organizations as well as the media. In July of 2009, Wikispaces, Inc. promoted the project through a webinar. The project has been published in local papers and most recently in a live local radio broadcast interview.As the summer progressed, volunteer work crews from Pennsylvania and Maryland renovated the computer room to make way for the equipment we hope to obtain through the posting on the GlobalGiving website.It is hoped that the project will have enough initial funding, through the GlobalGiving post, to purchase the first installment of computers for the school in the fall of 2010.

The Palmyra-Haiti Wiki Project Update-------Notre Renseignements sur le projet Wiki

Click on the pictures to hear our radio interview. ---->

Click here to view our Wikispaces webinar.

Click here to view our CNN iReport.

Click here to view our Patriot-News article.

Volunteers rebuild computer desks in June, 2010

The old computer room pictured in April, 2010

Volunteers paint computer desks in July, 2010

The completed renovation of the computer room.

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Click here to read about the FinancialTech Spotlight on our project.

What people are saying about our project…“Nice work. We need all the humanitarians we can get.”(Johnny Colt, CNN iReporter and The Black Crowes guitarist.)

“This is the best idea”(Lisa, WJTL host)

Click here to view our ALLBUISNESS.com article.


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