2008 Systers Pass It On Award Winner
Computer School for Indigenous Girls in the Traditional Community in Jayapura District of Indonesia
Evilita provides education especially for indigenous children, girls and women who live in the Jayapura district of Indonesia, from Tami to Mambramo. This is a pilot program that began in January 2008 and will start again in January 2009. Those who live in the villages of the Jayapura district do not have access to computers. This school strives to teach elementary, junior high and high school girls Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Internet which will enable them to improve their standard of living. This program for girls targets those who drop out of school or who graduate but cannot continue on to a university or find a job. For the first three months of 2008, Evilita worked twice a week spending two to three hours teaching each class. A local family offers part of their home for use as a classroom and electricity, paper and ink are donated for use by the school. To date, many local girls have been turned away from the school due to lack of resources. Evilita’s Systers Pass It On Award will fund laptop computers so that she can accept more girls into the program.