ClickUkraine is a hi-tech initiative that connects Ukraine’s youth to the world through computer literacy
ClickUkraine is a collaborative effort of USUF, the Kobzar Society, Dan River Region Rotaract Club, and the Capitol City Rotaract Club. The project promotes the technological development of Ukraine through three project components:
- supply second-hand refurbished computers to Ukrainian educational institutions
- launch Internet connected computer labs across Ukraine
- establish a free educational IT program at labs for Ukrainian youth in themes such as Introduction to Computers and Win95, MS Word, Excel, Computer troubleshooting, and the Internet.
The project will first send much-needed refurbished hardware to educational institutions in Ukraine through the assistance of the Kobzar Society, a nonprofit located in Lehighton, PA. Since 2000, the Kobzar Society’s “Computers for Ukraine Program” has maintained a database of educational institutions, including high schools, universities, and libraries in need of computers. To date, the Society has collected over 500 computers, 200 of which have already been shipped to Ukraine. The cost of upgrading and shipping a single unit to Ukraine is approximately $250.
Several U.S. Rotaract clubs have selected ClickUkraine as their “international service project” for the year and will therefore provide initial funds for the refurbishing and shipment of the second-hand computers and for the first steps toward the establishment of computer centers. Rotaract will also facilitate volunteer recruitment that is so essential to the program’s development. From over 350 chapters in the United States and nine in Ukraine, Rotaract members will volunteer at recipient schools and educational institutions as IT trainers, will secure and maintain computer centers, and will encourage further volunteer involvement.
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation will head project and financial administration, marketing, networking, and computer placement. ClickUkraine will benefit from the Foundation’s wide base of resources and experience through its Community Partnership Project (CPP) and Regional Training Centers across Ukraine. With a wide network of contacts in Ukraine and the United States and years of experience of project administration, the Foundation will be key to ClickUkraine’s success.
ClickUkraine Needs You
The Foundation invites individuals and institutions to join the ClickUkraine alliance and to help connect Ukraine’s youth with the world. Sustained and expanded project activities will however need the support of volunteers, private donors, and institutions. USUF hopes that ClickUkraine attracts the support and enthusiasm of volunteers of all ages in the United States and Ukraine.