In June 2009, SBIG completed its second successful mission in Ghana at the Good Shepherd Orphanage (GSO). Once again, the mission consisted of establishing a new computer lab and library for the Good Shepherd Orphanage, which was selected by SBIG based on a detailed Needs Assessment conducted in early 2009. GSO is located in the Central Region outside of Accra and now serves over 450 students and orphans between the ages of three and sixteen years. GSO was founded by Bishop Kweku Addei in 2002 and has been recognized and approved by the Department of Social Welfare. SBIG partnered with Inveneo to provide low voltage computers and One Village Foundation to ensure the proper installation of the equipment and Internet connectivity.
Highlights from the 2009 trip include:
- A new computer lab was constructed with SBIG supporting the building and preparation of the computer lab room including the wiring, flooring, painting, windows, security, doors, and installation of internet access
- The computer lab was supplied with with 18 low voltage Inveneo desktop computers, 1 laptop computer, 1 laser printer, an LCD projector, and an innovative battery pack system to supply long term battery power
- A new library, adjacent to the computer lab was completed with book shelves, tables and seating for students and over 2,500 books donated from the Delbarton School in Morristown, NJ and other local libraries including the Summit Public Library
- Approximately 450 students and staff members received SBIG logo shirts, pens and pencils
- Microsoft donated 20 sets of Windows operating system software for installation on the computers.
- A dedication ceremony for the computer lab and library was attended by the GSO students, parents, SBIG team members, government and local leaders covered by local newspapers, radio stations and TV stations
- The SBIG team met with senior officials from US AID in Ghana to explain our efforts with BASCO and GSO
- Members of the SBIG competed in a friendly game of soccer against the GSO soccer team and attended a professional soccer game played in Accra
In addition to providing access to computer instruction for GSO students, the computer lab is expected to become a regional training center for area schools that otherwise have no access to computers or technology.