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Bringing Technology to the Underprivileged

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HOPE worldwide Malaysia
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"Techsoup made the difference. Technology is no longer out of reach for the underprivileged." - Katy Lee, Executive Director, HOPE worldwide Malaysia
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HOPE worldwide Malaysia is a nonprofit that has been around for nearly two decades beginning 1996. What started as their first community program, a free health clinic in 2000, has then blossomed to a wonderful array of initiatives that tackled problems not only related to health, but also food and education as well. On top of their initial program, their initiatives now also include educational assistance and monthly grocery provisions to underprivileged children and families, to name a few.

My Reading Program - Pictures 4.jpgFocusing on their initiatives towards education, their executive director, Katy Lee, shares that they also currently provide school sponsorships, a mini library, a reading program for the underprivileged children of Kuala Lumpur and Penang (MY Reading Program) and lastly the Creative Art Program, which is a venue for children to develop their self-esteem and self-confidence through artistic expression.

Katy shares that through TechSoup Asia, they were able to add yet another program to an already rich assortment of educational initiatives. The affordable, genuine licenses of Microsoft software that they got through TechSoup Asia was used to develop the necessary I.T. infrastructure for their ‘1-stop I.T. Resource Centers’ located in Penang and Kuala Lumpur.

Since the establishment of the I.T. centers last year (2013), the organization has continuously put the genuine licenses of Windows 7 and Office Suites to good use by continuously serving over 72 underprivileged children, ages 7-19, and counting! Through the centers underprivileged children can now gain access to a wide array of I.T. services such as free access to the internet and free printing services for their homework.

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But aside from that, the organization has also used the Microsoft software licenses to create a lasting impact on the children by providing free ICT training sessions regularly. These sessions are referred to as the ‘Microsoft Skills Learning Classes’. Through these regular training sessions, underprivileged children are taught how to properly use Microsoft Office software in order to help them in their studies and to serve as an added skill as well.

Lastly, Katy shared that through the affordable genuine licenses made available through TechSoup Asia their organization can now easily keep their ICT infrastructure up-to-date. A task that was particularly difficult for them to do regularly in the past.

(Photos were from HOPE worldwide Malaysia's Facebook page, website and blog site)