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We need Labor: Help pay for data capture time...read our story
Footprints is pleased to announce its fifth yearly coordination with Worcester Polytech Institute of Boston Massachusetts, USA. For the fifth year WPI has chosen Footprints with which to team. Every year student teams of four are deployed to Panama and Footprints again is pleased and honored to have two teams. One team will handle the second phase of the Saint Mary historical document capture project. Last year WPI provided a SQL database solution. This database is being used to capture historical documents. Historical documents are contained in 42 binders that date back to the late 1800s. It’s important to capture these documents as images and then to extract information into a register.
Phase 2 will proceed in August and complete in October 2021. The students will take the SQL database developed last year and improve it. Improvements will include batch import of data captured in excel. It will also include automatic generation of certificates.
Footprints has already begun to capture images of the binders. There is sufficient image capture to allow the students to validate their solution. We look forward to the fifth year of cooperation with Worcester. We also look forward to a successful conclusion of the St. Mary’s historical records capture project. Thanks to WPI and the St. Mary’s Parish.
We need shipping paid: Used books are waiting...read our story
Our effort continues both with providing used books and trying to help CSAG in its effort to build a new library. In 2019 a detailed design was provided along with drawings and a list of needed materials. This application is pending approval and the Covid19 disaster has not helped it progress. Meanwhile two shipments of 1100 books each have been sent and received. A 3d shipment is pending. The current school house has been outgrown and the new library is not available yet. In anticipation of additional books and in need of a larger facility, a temporary building has been located.
The temporary building is now abandoned but is being occupied and prepared to be used as a library and classroom. This will provide more room for the students as well as being able to store the books we are sending. Generous support has been provided and the 3d shipment of books is pending to be delivered in the fall.
Footprints is not alone in helping CSAG. A volunteer from Russia was available this past year. A teacher by training she was able to connect with the students using our books. This was a great ability for the kids to be exposed to different teaching methods. We were very happy to see the smiles on the kids faces, the books in their hands and the assistance that came from so far away.
More can be done and more will be done. The new Library application process with the Japanese embassy should start again. The Covid19 pandemic is easing and we are now in phase 2 of a five step approval process. Meanwhile the temporary building can be used. This will allow more room for teaching and storing books. With your generous support additional books can be sent. With the help of the Japanese embassy a new library can be built. Let’s all work together to get this done.
We need parts: Old laptops, printers, monitors...read our story.
Footprint Possibilities has been collecting, repairing and returning to service old and abandoned laptops. Laptops are donated often because they are considered too old for streaming or gaming. The fact is that these laptops, although not popular or desired for these functions, are perfect for most schoolwork. Emails, reading and homework assignments are easily done on old machines. The next problem is finding a commercial enterprise that will take on these older machines, repair them and return them to service. This has not been possible as the machines are too old to economically repair. Footprint though has found a away.
The Footprint supervisor, having many other skills, also can repair equipment. All machines, some of them 7 to 10 years old, have been returned to service and have worked perfectly well for homework assignments. Children who had heretofore been working on their parents cell phones doing homework now have a working laptop. With a hotspot off of that same cell phone a laptop is a much better platform to finish and study homework. All machines have been well received and are now in use.
The first batch of six laptops has been delivered and many of these photos were taken of the families while using them. Software was installed, the machines were reconfigured for current Internet connectivity and all are functioning appropriately. We ask for donations to keep this effort going.
There are many laptops that are brought to Footprint as well for repair. Families of need do not have the money required to repair them. Likewise as explained above, when these older machines are taken to a commercial store, they are told that economically they are not worth repairing. But, footprints disagrees and older machines are perfectly suitable for most homework and education purposes. Funding is also needed to repair these machines as they are presented.
Please find our website at footprintpossibilities.org. Please donate anything you can. The smallest amount of money can repair a keyboard, purchase a mouse, repair a microphone and make an old machine live again. A simple review of these images will tell you the story. Old machines bring education to those that are shut in and breaks the isolation that Covid has inflicted on the entire world.
We need pipe: Pipe for Water....read our story.
The Olotepesi foundation has been working for his local community installing PPR seamless poly propylene pipe. This pipe will carry drinking water from Wells to local inhabitants. The pipe comes in rolls of 100 m in either 15 mm or 40 mm diameter. We need your help to buy more pipe. Visit footprintpossibilities.org and give what you can.
All pipe is hand dug. PPR pipe has the advantage of not requiring fittings and installation is fast. Traditionally water is transported by motor vehicle which is in efficient and can be unhealthy. Pipelines distribute water quickly and once treated provide healthier drinking conditions.
50 mm pipe cost three dollars per meter well 40 mm pipe is only $2.75. This is a great bargain for the size of poly propylene pipe. To install 100 m is four dollars. This includes digging the trench, placing the pipe, covering the opening and allowing transportation of water to begin. These are also very reasonable cost and would compared to the benefit are a great value.
You can see who we benefit and who our customers are. Water is indispensable to health. Nothing happens without drinking water; bathing, cooking, cleaning and healthy living. Help us buy more pipe for this great foundation. Visit Footprint Possibilities Inc website and give generously.