$1,000: July 2013 – Maureen Shanley (Colombia, 1977-1979)

Connecticut Quest for Peace sent and connected to the internet ten computers (laptops) to two very rural schools in Somotillo, Nicaragua: San Ignacio School & IBRA (Instituto Básico para la Agricultura Rural) Secondary School. These computers will not only be used to teach children valuable computer skills that can transfer into better job opportunities, but they will also open the “world” to this poor, tiny, rural community in northern Nicaragua. At night these computers will also be used by townspeople for a small fee. Thus the school can use the computers to pay for the school’s internet charges and the townspeople will have an inexpensive way to broaden their world.