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2018-11-13 06:02
Computer classes at Where Rainbows Meet.

Computer classes at Where Rainbows Meet.

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Where Rainbows Meet Training and Development Foundation, a non-profit organisation in Capricorn near Muizenberg, needs help with new computers for their classes.

The organisation runs computer classes for Capricorn residents and other people from the surrounding areas. Their old computers are failing them and they need help. They provide basic computer lessons five times a week for three months. There are 90 rotational students per term, who learn how to turn on a computer, use the internet, email and Microsoft programmes such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. They also learn how to write a CV and give a presentation, which are practical and useful skills that are essential to get and perform a job. This organisation believes that by offering such courses they are helping to reduce crime, and participants get a step closer to finding jobs.

Kyle Cupido from the organisation, says currently the computers they use are about seven years old and do not have any working antivirus programs. “Out of 21 computers, four cannot be used anymore by students. The courses are becoming less and less effective because most of the computers are not working properly. We had to decline applicants because we lack the right number of computers. Proper antivirus software is needed. In the worst case, if we don’t get computers, the course cannot be continued in the future. This is something that our community needs, and stopping the course will be a major setback for people that rely on this to improve their job prospects,” he says.

Cupido believes that well-structured computer courses can serve to re-inspire people in their community. “It (course) will help our communities realise and show them that crime, substance abuse and being a part of a gang is not their only option. This facility empowers them with skills development training, helping to raise awareness in the various communities we serve, and it will equip them with an education, confidence and good self-esteem.”

The organisation currently has a wireless uncapped internet link, which is very limiting. This, multiplied by 30 computers used by students and staff members, usually slows down the internet considerably and does not allow the staff members to continue their day-to-day activities while student training is in progress. “Staff members do not have enough laptops to carry out their daily work or to contact other organisations and companies to do fundraising. The shortage of computers prevents us from running the organisation efficiently or at times being overloaded slows down everything. Also, by investing in our security, we believe we can keep our premises safe, especially with office equipment and computers in our midst. We have experienced break-ins before and would like to be covered in the event this happens again,”

In order to raise the much-needed funds to purchase computers they have started a Go Fund Me page and funds are trickling in.VTo help them, go to https://bit.ly/2T6cpmY

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