Students Bridging the Information Gap ( SBIG), an International NGO headquartered in New Jersey, USA has completed a computer lab and library complex for The Good Shepherd Orphanage in Kasoa, Central Region of Ghana.

This is the second of its kind that SBIG has completed in Ghana following last year’s dedication of a computer lab and library at the Baptist School Complex and Orphanage (BASCO) located in Trotor, near Koforidua which serves approximately 300 students and orphans.

Good Shepherd is expected to take delivery of the complex fully stocked with 18 desktop computers, a laptop computer, a laser printer, an LCD projector, a battery pack and invertor in June. It would be furnished with furniture and basic computer ICT training from SBIG, in addition to books on a number of subjects to help the orphans and other children build on their knowledge through reading.

SBIG also supported in the wiring, flooring, painting, windows and doors and security bars of the complex.

The Good Shepherd Orphanage, located at Odupong Ofaakor Bohye Asaaseso on the Kasoa Bawjiase road in the Central Region has been approved by the Department of Social Welfare. It was founded by Bishop Kweku Addei in 2002 and later registered as an entity by guarantee in 2004.

The Orphanage which started with only 10 children now serves over 450 students and orphans between the ages of three and sixteen years.

SBIG believes the world is in an ICT age and, in order to prosper in the increasingly technology driven economy, every child should be given the opportunity to learn and develop his skills in the new field. For the Good Shepherd project, SBIG developed a partnership with Inveneo to supply low voltage computers (www.inveneo.com), One Village Foundation to install the computers, electrical and internet systems, and Microsoft to supply software for all the computers in the lab.

SBIG has also assembled a team of local volunteers in Ghana to assist with its efforts and to ensure oversight and accountability with local orphanages and schools and called on individuals, corporate bodies, NGOs and other groups of people to support their good cause.

“Our humanitarian efforts are narrowly focused on learning through (ICT) information computer and technology training and supplying books for libraries. As the proverb goes…….if you give a man a fish he will eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime. Appropriate ICT training can truly change the lives of students to qualify them to participate in the modern economy” reiterated, Mr. Tom Killian, President, Board of Trustees of SBIG.

Source: Myjoyonline.com

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