Exafort Inc. of Santa Clara, CA is a leader in Cloud, Mobile and Social Enterprise technologies, helping mid-market to Fortune 500 companies operate efficiently. Books For Haiti is a non-profit that equips schools in Haiti with conventional books and new generation technology-based solutions to help the educational challenges of our hemisphere’s most impoverished country.
Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) March 12, 2013
How do these two very different agendas connect? Simple: Exafort CEO Arun Kanchi recognized that Books For Haiti was using the same advanced cloud and mobile technologies his company works with every day, and he offered to help Books For Haiti achieve their goals using Amazon’s simplest Kindle eReaders.
“If you take care of a person who is in need today, you have done something good; if you teach a person a skill that can make a difference to that person’s life, you have done something great”, said Arun Kanchi.
Books For Haiti (BFH) was launched in 2011 by the Ende family of Los Altos. Founder Tenaya Ende, now a student at the University of Southern California, was determined to make a difference in the cycle of poverty in Haiti. She recognized that Haiti was stuck in a downward spiral, making bad choices from a short list of bad alternatives, inevitably leading to bad outcomes. The Ende family sensed that a change in the basic educational structure was the only path to Haiti’s long term success. They began an effort to collect thousands of French language books and to get them into the hands of Haitian students who lacked any educational materials or resources.
From a simple start collecting and delivering hard copy French language books, BFH jumped straight to a 21st-century solution to the problems of education in Haiti. The result: a project BFH named Instant Libraries. In the Instant Library model, BFH outfits classrooms in Haitian high schools with Kindle eReaders configured in French and pre-loaded with hundreds of French eBooks available free from the Internet. Using Amazon’s simplest Kindle eReader was a perfect match to the needs of a country whose infrastructure had been destroyed by repeated earthquakes and hurricanes. Since the Kindles only have to be charged up once a month, the issue of reliable electrical power is greatly reduced. Since each Kindle can store 1,400 eBooks, the need to access a Wi-Fi connection is largely overcome.
Exafort’s Arun Kanchi immediately recognized the power of the Instant Library concept. “If you give a man a fish you feed him for a day; if you teach him to fish you feed him for a lifetime” was Arun’s mantra as he stepped forward to become an ally of BFH. Exafort provided the Field Trial Kindles that were installed in the SOPUDEP School in Pétionville, Haiti in 2012. That Trial was a complete success, getting enthusiastic reviews from SOPUDEP Director Madame Rea Dol. On March 15, 2013 BFH is deploying the Instant Library model at SOPUDEP, and the continuing alliance with Exafort will ensure the program’s success.