Jane Lindsay the Principal of the school expressed how the Computers in Homes Project has really brought their small community together and how wonderful it is to get the parents more involved in the school like this.
Unfortunately, only days after taking home their PC’s from the graduation one poor family suffered a house fire in which they lost everything, luckily escaping with only minor burns.
Dawnette, who tutored the classes, contacted me to see if we would be interested in helping out this family by donating a second PC. Glenn Barrow, his son Ricci and his whanau had house insurance but no contents. They are currently living in Awarua. The Marae offered their “Whare-Awhina” for them to stay in while they look for permanent accommodation. The entire community are pulling together to gather essential belongings for the whanau and I felt it our part to replace the PC he lost only days after taking it home.
|Above: From Left – Neville Alexander (CIH Technician), Glenn Barrow (CIH Graduate), Dawnette Neho (CIH Tutor), Jane Lindsey (Tautoro School Principal) and front is Ricci (son of Glenn).|
Glenn expressed his immense thanks to us, he was extremely humbled by what Computers in Homes were able to do for him as well as the community. All our best wishes go out to Glenn and his whanau at this time and we hope that we were able to bring a small ray of light to such a tragic situation.
Above: Tautoro School CIH Graduates and their Tamariki with Emma Tracey the Far North Regional Coordinator and Eric Shakelton, Trustee for the 2020 Far North ICT Trust.