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NGO Tackles Digital Divide in Nairobi Slums

May 12, 2014

Antony Langat

A local non-governmental organisation is equipping school children with access to computers in an effort to bridge the digital divide.

The operating system-on-a-stick solution is the brainchild of Keepod, which is rolling the project in Nairobi's Mathare slums.

Keepod has already begun a fundraising drive in order to raise enough money to equip all the children in Mathare with a USB device loaded with an operating system and various applications.

"The first step is to realize our goal. Together with LiveInSlums we provide 1 500 Keepod devices and 50 computers at the initial step of the project. The computers serve the 1 500 Keepod users as vehicles to personalized computing," Keepod stated.

According to the startup, Keepod is a secure operating system that runs from any USB drive, eliminating our dependency on one computer. It enables many children to each have their own USB device while sharing the computer.

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Source: AllAfrica

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