The tenth anniversary journey will go to the KwaZulu-Natal region in South Africa. Our goal is to focus more on education and service of the already existing computers, but still approximately 150 computers will be sent.
Daniel Ahlqvist – vice-chairman
Matilda Horppu – treasurer
Hampus Dahlin – member of the board
Simon Nielsen – vice-chairman
Elin Ljunggren – treasurer
Björn Hedström – member of the board
2015 was the first year that CESA brought computers to Namibia instead of South Africa, so we got to create new connections with the Star for Life office in Windhoek, Namibia. It was also the first year that we only brought laptops and no desktop computers, around 200 of them.
Our adventure began with a delay due to government requirements, during which we had to install Windows OS instead of Edubuntu on all computers. We then set out to nine different schools to deliver the computers and provide some education on how they could be used. Five schools in the capital, two in nearby cities and two in a very rural area 900 km away (super cool!). On the weekends we had the privilege to go on safari and to try sandboarding. The scenery was amazing.
Patricia Paulsson – vice-chairman
Oskar Nyberg – treasurer
Joel Torstensson – member of the board
In 2014, it was time for CESA to revisit Hluhluwe, South Africa. Since Star for Life has been active in this location for many years, they had already established contact with schools for us to visit. Our main focus was to deliver and install donated computers for these schools.
While waiting for the computers to arrive, we revisited schools that CESA had been to in the past. We performed maintenance on existing computers and equipment, repairing and replacing broken parts in order to get them up to speed again. We also took the opportunity to evaluate how computers were used in education and trained school staff on basic maintenance.
The peak of our visit was when the 300 computers, with accompanying screens and equipment, finally arrived and we could set out to distribute them. We cranked up the tempo, visiting two to three schools daily in order to cover as many schools as possible.
The greatest lesson learned was probably that no matter how much you plan, unforeseen events will always turn up. Therefore it is important to always stay open-minded and think on your feet to solve problems in creative ways.
Robert Edström – vice-chairman
Marcus Olsson – treasurer
Anton Palmqvist – member of the board
Caroline Odéhn fd. Gunnarsson