The Laare Community Technology Centre has been making great progress since its inception in 2005. On the most recent trip to the region, Shawntel Hines and electrical engineering and computer science graduate student Aisha Walcott aided setup of more computers in the center. They also launched a new primary school outreach program and carried out a very successful community-wide information technology awareness event. At least eight primary schools are now equipped with laptops running Edubuntu software.
CSAIL is currently providing support, with future plans to expand the center. Eric Mibuari, an MIT alumni and the center’s founder, has secured four acres of public land donated by the community to build a new, larger center. The plan is to improve the center’s learning facilities, expand its curriculum, access online resources, and increase its capacity to serve more people in the community.
Laare Community Center, Kenya