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Malawi: The Warm Heart of Africa

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SolenoidSolenoid 03/16/2016 at 06:460 Comments

A word on the background of this project to understand the five W's: who, what, where, when, why.

Who
My friend is a qualified engineer knowing his way around electronics, software and mechanical stuff. From C language programming to designing a part for 3D printing, passing by PCB and electronics design, these things do not hold any secrets from him anymore. He would nicely fit into the Hackaday community, but he's not very present on the Internet, so I'm writing this on his behalf.

What
An orphanage in Malawi is having trouble keeping up with the administrative paperwork. The orphanage has about 150 children for 20 staff members. The current administrative work is done on paper, a picture is taken of that paper and is sent wherever it needs to be sent. This is not efficient and they want to use computers to be more productive.

The staff hardly speaks any English and do not know how to use computers very well, so they need computers, somebody to instruct them how to turn them on, show how to use basic office tools and perhaps a translator. The computers and transport costs are all on behalf of my friend.

Where
Malawi, also nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa".

When
In May 2016, during 3 weeks.

Why
GDP-wise Malawi it's one of the poorest countries in the world (in the bottom 3, depending on the year). There are a lot of orphans in Malawi and an efficient management may allow for a better care for them or to accept more orphans per staff member.

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