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Learning and Teaching Computer Skills

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Running a free computer training centre.
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The refugees' situation in Delhi is precarious in terms of livelihood (income) and health care. Most Kachin refugees lack the funds and necessary documents to learn the language and computer skills that would enable them to get a good job. And many, when they can find work in local businesses/factories, are subject to injustice and discrimination in the workplace. In 2011, the Kachin Refugee Committee opened a computer training centre and provided free training to Burmese refugees on how to use computers and the Internet. 

Building on last year’s successful training, KRC would like to again offer basic hardware and software training, as well as additional courses such as Desktop Publishing, Basic Networking, and Basic Web Design. With even higher computer skills, participants will have better chances to get jobs and enjoy a stable livelihood. The training will run from August to October 2012.

You can help by contributing to the costs of providing the training to 20 members of the refugee community including PC equipment, electricity, stationery supplies, and travel costs for the trainers.

Additional Information

Name of Organization Kachin Refugee Committee
About the Organisation

The Kachin Refugee Committee (KRC) was formed in 2002 in New Delhi to represent ethnic Kachin who fled to India from Burma. The organization has a coordinator, assistant coordinator, and five advisory members.

Its main aim is to help Kachin refugees in the area of health, education, and livelihood. The organization can also act as a liaison with the UN for the registration of Kachin refugees in India.

Total Costs INR 25,000 (approx. CZK 9,000 or EUR 360)
Amount for sponsorship CZK 9,000
Total Number of Shares 18
Location Janakpuri, New Delhi
Timeframe August - October 2012
Progress Update

July: KRC began offering computer training at its center in mid-July, with classes being held every Saturday afternoon. Topics include networking, hardware, and software. Most members of the refugee community have very limited computer knowledge, and truly benefit from the availability of free training. Many of them have learned how to use email and Facebook and are now able to stay connected with in particular other Burmese around the world. They also now take advantage of the Internet to do English courses or learn about general topics. Having done basic training, some students are now able to take advanced courses offered by other organizations.

August: Ten students continued to attend the networking course being offered by KRC. The students have been progressing in their networking and general IT skills (typing in Burmese font, using Photoshop) as a result of this training. The All Kachin Students Youth Union office, where the training is held, is open every day for people to come use the computers and Internet and practice what they have learned.

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