From addressing the technological and educational needs of Liberia and Guyana to the recognition of Qatar’s valiant relief efforts, Humanity First has had an active year thus far.
Silver Spring, MD, August 26, 2007 --(PR.com)-- From addressing the technological and educational needs of Liberia and Guyana to the recognition of Qatar’s valiant relief efforts, Humanity First has had an active year thus far.
Beginning early this year in Monrovia, Liberia, Humanity First Liberia (HFL) launched its very first computer school in Liberia in cooperation with Humanity First Institute of Computer Studies (HFICS). HF efforts have enabled the purchase and shipment of computers to Liberia, and the development of course curriculum, ultimately sowing the seeds of a professional IT team. The hope is that students of the computer school will use their new skills to support themselves and their families.
Valued at $25,000 US the five-year computer and technology training program enrolled 90 students at the very outset of its opening, and it is estimated that approximately 700 students will have begun training by the end of the school’s first year. In pursuit of the educational goals and aspirations of Liberia’s technical advancement as outlined by Yonton Kesselly, Liberia’s Assistant Minister or Professional and Technical Education, HFL’s objective in launching such a program is to introduce professional computer and technological training.
A similar computer school and program was also established in Guyana in February. Offering seven courses, the school has currently enrolled twenty-five students. With greater resources funneling into the school, it is expected that the program will expand greatly in the near future.
The freshly trained IT professionals in both Liberia and Guyana will play a pivotal role in rebuilding the economies of their countries by providing much needed technical support.
Humanity First, USA, a 501(c) 3- registered charity, is the US chapter of Humanity First International (http://www.humanityfirst.org.uk), which was established in the early 1990's to restore disaster-stricken and under-developed and vulnerable communities around the globe. Humanity First USA is a leading non-profit relief organization whose board of directors, management team, and project staff running the day-to-day operations are all unpaid volunteers with diverse professional backgrounds including business, healthcare, and education sectors. All personal expenses are met by the volunteers to maximize the use of funds raised and donated for those in need. As of today Humanity First USA has expanded to 19 countries worldwide.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.