St. John’s Wakitaka Phase Two
This post shares photos from the second phase of the St. John’s project. In this phase we installed brand-new desktop systems, thanks to Paraben!
The gear unloaded from the truck. PARABEN! =)
Here’s Fred hanging out on the porch of the computer center. He’s waiting for them to unlock the door. Fred started unpacking while I went into town to get the server (registering back home on the SLOW Internet connection), RJ45 plugs, conduit, and mousepads. It should have taken an hour. This is Africa. It took me three. I brought Fred lunch and I was happy to find the room setup and Fred happy and alive. =)
The students hang out at the window and watch us work. The SOOO want to use the computers but the center isn’t officially opened yet. They’re so anxious to learn that they crowd the windows every single break.
Here's Fred organizing the cables on the back of the monitor.
A single student station will look like this.
Here's a shot of one of the tables. Paraben raised enough money to put in TWO tables just like this one. Total cost per table: $1800. Total cost per student: $300. This is for all new equipment, purchased on the local economy (with the exception of the nComputing x500's which we import). The x500's allow us to use one machine for every six students (remote desktop, stations connected to a monitor-mounted box via ethernet). This is a huge cost savings. A single computer would cost at least $650 per student.