Information-Computing Technology

 Community Development Vocational Technical Institute Gets New Computer Lab

In November 2019, CDVTI's new computer lab opened with 30 newly-refurbished computer towers and screens. They are equipped with newest version of Microsoft Windows, open-source office software, and internet access capability. Students are excited! Many have never used computers before. As Ghana rapidly develops, computer technology skills are vital for vocational training. Thank you to Marysville, WA Legacy Senior High teacher and students who did the technical work, FedEx and Prince & Sons Shipping, James Kainyiah, Headmistress Seidu and others who made this possible. Thank you!

Axim Girls Senior High School Internet-in-a-Box Project

Setting up the solar panels

In June 2017, thanks to the Unleash Kids folks, we brought two new Internet-in-a-Box devices---updated as of Dec 2016---to replace the 2015 version. The AGSHS has expanded and now has two computer labs. Each has wireless access to the IIABs. They will be ready to use, and installed on every desktop by time school convenes in early  September. THANKS YOU ALL!

In 2015, the AGSHS had many laptops and desktops, but no internet access. Facilitated by Ghana Together, a group called Unleash Kids stepped in to set up "Internet-in-a-Box." IIAB contains all of Wikipedia, hundreds of Khan Academy math and science videos, maps, medical information, books, and many other resources all on one small server. It is powered by solar panels and a 12-volt battery. For more information, go to

This project gives the AGSHS a basic but extensive "library" of information. A bonus was teaching about solar energy to the science class, and giving the girls a chance to set up the solar panels, make the connections, and see the graph of the energy "flowing" into, and charging, the battery. All teachers and 120 students were trained on IIAB. One neat feature is that the teachers can also post class hand-outs on the server, avoiding expensive photocopying charges (printers are rare and paper is expensive in Axim!).


In late 2017, we helped install two WikiMed devices---one at Esiama Nursing College and the other at SDA Asanta Nursing/Midwifery College. These devices are built with internet-in-a-box technology and contain all the medical info found on WikiPedia, and additional info from Osmosis and other sources.

Children's Computing Lab

Ghana Together has accepted donations of about fifty One Laptop Per Child "XO" level computers over the years. XOs are specialized educational laptops, with "activities" designed for children ages 6-12, and are especially rugged to withstand tropical climates.

WHH created a Children's Computer Lab in a rooom adjacent the Axim Public Library.

It took a lot of effort to get this room up-to speed: the District Assembly voted to designate the space---youth volunteers (some the original WHH scholars) worked to get the space updated---electricals were transferred from the Heritage to the new Children's Lab and hooked to the grid---XOs were brought over along with the child-sized tables and benches...and all that not even counting the Americans who provided some funds! A MIGHTY EFFORT!!

Children Using the XO Lab And finally, after a wonderful dedication ceremony, as of July 2014 children are using the lab!

The excitement is palpable! The Lab is in central Axim, within walking distance of most students. And, they will walk a long way for this! Most students have heard about computers, and although there are a growing number in the schools, the majority probably have not  touched a real computer.

By end of 2015, an Internet-In-A-Box was installed at the Children's Lab. Now schools are sending primary school level classes to the Lab for computer training. The XOs have many learning activities as well as access to Wikipedia via the IIAB---a vast encyclopedia of the world's knowledge.

Tom teaching XOs to Axim children

 This project was dear to the heart of Tom Castor, whom we sadly lost in 2014. Tom spent weeks refurbishing XOs that were donated to Ghana Together. He traveled to Ghana to personally lead the team in deploying them there, teaching adults, and especially teaching children. Tom enjoyed computers and his enthusiasm was infectious. Thank you, Tom, for all you did on this project. Your dream is realized!!


Teachers Learning OLPCs


In the photo at left, teachers are experiencing the OLPCs for the first time, in one of the rooms of the Community Center.

We also thank the cheerful, talented students in the Computer Repair Club at Marysville, WA Technology High School (and teacher Paul LaGrange) who have repaired and updated the OLPCs before they are placed in Ghana. (And, by the way, Ghana Customs does not charge duty for them--thanks Ghana!!)

We continue to accept OLPC XOs in any condition.