Spanning the Digital Divide

Do you have a computer in your home?  in your workplace?  in your classroom?

Needless to say, most of our Vida students don’t go home to houses filled with technology – yet, like everywhere, more and more jobs in Guatemala require digital proficiency.

Guatemalan Home

“Many of the children who study in our schools have not had contact with a computer, let alone have a computer at home,” says Impact Ministries Guatemala IT Director, Norman.

Vida Chijacorral has been incorporating computers into the high school English program – teaching two marketable skills, the English Language and Computer Literacy.

English Class with computers

“The project has been very good,” says Norman, “students are very interested in their English class, and of course, have a more extensive contact with technology. I feel excited to give that group that opportunity!”

smiling student learning with computers

More recently, a donation of computers has allowed Vida Chijacorral to introduce the technology to their upper elementary students.  “It was a special moment to be able to see the children each with a laptop in their hands,” Norman tells us “and, since then, the interest to learn.”

Students on Computers

Impact Ministries is hoping to expand the computer program at Vida schools.  Check out our Christmas Gift Catalogue to see how you can help span the digital divide – $250 can put a computer into a Vida classroom!

The complications of bringing computers across borders – and the need to have some consistency when teaching – prevents us from accepting most computer donations, although if you are a business with a bulk donation of laptops, we invite you to contact us.


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