Press & Media
As managing director of the Global Catalyst Foundation, Zohre Elahian has the opportunity to put into action a favorite and famous quotation by Mahatma Gandhi be the Change You Want to See in the World.
Another natural disaster was in the news a powerful earthquake leveled the city of Bam, Iran. Zohre Elahian of Relief International says a year later the city is starting to come back to life, but people are still dealing with great personal loss. Hear NPR’s Renee Montagne.
Imagine … a new world. In the West Bank/Palestine, in the most rural and marginalized communities the youth of tomorrow, dream and imagine a different future. Can this be possible? Imagine students making exponential growth not only in their basic skills but also in taking on new challenges in science and math, multimedia skills, and more.
In April 2005, The Seattle Times carried an Associated Press article on The Gandhi Project after the movie ‘Gandhi’ was screened (in Arabic) in Palestinian towns, villages, and refugee camps. The Project aims to “encourage peace and tolerance in the region through the promotion of Gandhi’s principles and philosophy.”
Kasulu, a remote town in the far north-western corner of Tanzania, near the border with Burundi. Three centres are located in the UNHCR-run refugee camp at Mtabila, at the Kasulu Folk Development College and at the Kasulu Teachers Training College.
The project promotes economic development in the Kasulu district and among Burundi refugees. An Internet connection gives Kasulu an advantage over other similar-sized Tanzanian towns. In addition, the project gives refugees and local residents opportunities to get well-paying jobs with their new IT skills and to earn money through new income-generating projects.
A unique project in rural India set out to provide seven remote villages with ICT services. The Computer-On-Wheels (COW) project was co-funded by Global Catalyst Foundation and Digital Partners.
The San Francisco Chronicle wrote an extended article about Digital Divide Data, a Cambodian group that trains and hires disadvantaged and disabled employees for data processing work. The story on this GCF grantee, can be found in, “Tech’s Reach Into Cambodia / Silicon Valley Foundation Aids Nonprofit That Hires The Disabled”.
Room to Read, a San Francisco-based NGO, specializes in acquiring resources for school libraries in Cambodia, India, Nepal, and Vietnam. An article in C|Net News.com describes the Global Catalyst Foundation’s support for computer facilities development at Room to Read projects in Nepal.