I'm starting a new short-term project to raise money to send iPads to the Barefoot College in India.
A friend recently asked me if we had any iPads that we could donate to the project he's working with in India. We didn't actually have any right then but we are coming up to the end of our lease at school and I thought there might be an opportunity.
Our lease requires that we either send the iPads back to the leasing company or buy the lease out. To buy out, we would need to pay back the fair market value of the iPads, which is currently about £100 per unit and we have 110.
I spoke to our leasing company and they generously offered a cut in the buyout price to support my plan and my intention is to try and crowd-fund the rest of the money from people who read this blog, listen to my podcasts and follow me on Twitter.
I really want to make this work as delivering 110 currently-supported iPads to a project like Barefoot College will make a huge difference instead of having to rely on older, unsupported and unreliable hardware.
Barefoot College, which was recently visited by Apple VP Lisa Jackson, is an organisation that trains women in rural India to build solar powered projects to help their villages. These projects include solar water heating, cooking, desalination and even data projectors for use in night schools.
How to Help
As I said earlier, the main goal of my project is to raise enough money to buy out our school's equipment lease and own the iPads. I will then be working with Barefoot College to repair, test, configure and transport them to India. My friend, with my remote help via Skype, will be managing the iPads at Barefoot College. He is already doing this for the smaller number of devices that they currently have.
If we over-shoot the funding goal, we will use the money to either buy other equipment that will help the Barefoot College mission (USB hubs, spare cables, chargers, etc) or we will donate the surplus directly to Barefoot College.
If we don't make the target, Barefoot College will receive all donations.
Making a donation is the best support but I would really appreciate it if you could share this project with your friends social networks. Linking to the Crowdfunder page would be the most direct route for people to help.
I need to raise £180 per day to get this project done - will you help out?