Closing the Digital Divide
Why invest in technology for Africa? Because
". . .a world where the chasm between rich and poor grows wider
will be neither stable nor secure." --Jimmy Carter (1)
The "digital divide" is very pronounced in Africa, where
it is estimated that there is one computer per every 1000
people (2). By bringing skills to the youth of Sierra Leone,
we empower them to shape the future. By connecting with other
youths throughout the world, young people gain hope and courage
to meet the challenges of everyday life.
Repeated studies as well as common knowledge show that countries
with strong communications infrastructure have a better opportunity
to create and build investment, grow their economies, and maintain
political stability. Helping Sierra Leone at this critical time
is a worthy investment that will build upon itself.
(1)Jimmy Carter, "Challenges for Humanity; A Beginning,"
National Geographic February 2002.
(2) Estimated by Computers For Africa, 2005. http://www.computers4africa.org
Did You Know
More than 60 percent of Africa's people are under the age of 24.
Over the next 10-20 years, this will create pressure for employment,
education, health services, and community recognition and
1 in 5 Africans is directly affected by armed conflict.
Africa has some of the poorest countries in the world. More than
half of Africa's people-the majority women-struggle to survive
on less than one U.S. dollar a day.
Africa has 13 percent of the world's population, less than 1.6
percent of global trade, and less than 1 percent of global investments.
Yet, in the face of such adversity, Africa is committed to change.
Great strides have already been made towards achieving peace
and prosperity. Africa is a worthwhile investment.
International Development Agency (ACDI-CIDA)