One of the biggest difficulties that our partners face is access to the internet. Within the last few years, the internet has exploded across the developing world. Yet for most of the world, this luxury is still only for the few and privileged. The internet is accessible, but it is not what we have here in the USA.
For many of our partners, the internet means using a phone, paying per megabyte used. This means that accessing things such as a video and other resources are very costly. We’ve developed a program that can be accessed by our partners through low-megabyte reading content, there’s still so much that we need to offer to our partners that is heavy in megabytes. Things like videos, online lectures, and online coaching sessions. Even a simple phone call to be very difficult. When we try to connect with our partners on their monthly coaching call, we spend at least a quarter of the time waiting for the connection to become strong enough to hear each other, or having dropped calls and having to constantly call each other back. We here in the United States have no idea what it’s like.
I want you to consider two things. First, the blessing that it is to have internet in your community. Internet furthers your life and improves it in so many ways. Think of all the ways that you were able to connect with others that wasn’t available to you maybe 10, 20, or 30 years ago. And count your blessings.
Second, are you able to help us? Are you part of a company that regularly changes its laptops to something new. Do you have used laptops that we can send that to all of our partners who desperately need them? Do you have a good, used phone that is just sitting around? Does your workplace want to partner with us to offer better connectivity to our partners by being an internet sponsor?