Communication Integration has completed projects that have helped bridge the Digital Divide. The organization launched its first project in November 2001 in Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua. A team of CI directors set up a Communication Integration Learning Center (CILC) for Seeds of Learning, moving their education programs into a new era. We have since created partnerships with organizations in the United States (South Florida), and abroad with plans to help them develop technology access and education. We have received donations of computers and resources sufficient to form the heart of some very ambitious projects.
Project Medishare — Ongoing 2010
In early 2010, following the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, Communication Integration was awarded a grant to manage the technology infrastructure at the University of Miami/Project Medishare hospital in Port-au-Prince. In addition to managing the hospital’s IT needs, Communication Integration has setup video teleconferencing to allow “on the ground” physicians to consult specialists in the United States.
Project Donate — Ongoing 2001-2009
Project Donate is a regular program where Communication Integration donates computers to institutions and to disadvantaged community families in South Florida. Some receiving organizations include: Hands On Miami Program, the Josefina Castanos Kidney Foundation, the Salvation Army of Miami, the City of South Miami, the City of Miami, the State of Florida’s Front Porch Community Initiative, the Carnaval Independencia Centro America, Regis House, Metro-Dade County, Overtown Youth Center, Human Services Coalition of Dade County, Children’s Home Society, and the Church of the Holy Comforter.
EduNet — Sopudep/CTH (COMPLETED) August 2007
The Haiti EduNet-SOPUDEP/CTH project installed 7 reconditioned computers for SOPUDEP, a non-profit, private K-12 school and community organization in Port Au Prince, Haiti?s capital. Haitian educators and human rights advocates created SOPUDEP in 2002 in order to provide education to children whose parents cannot afford tuition and supply fees or find a place for them in the overcrowded public school system. Currently, SOPUDEP serves 350 needy children, along with their parents and families. Children and adults alike will have access to educational resources/training, internet/email access, cultural exchange programs and more. EduNet-SOPUDEP/CTH provided computers and educational resources to the under-served community residents in order to enhance their capacities to participate in a better future. Providing technology and educational training to over 2,000 disadvantaged children and adults promotes educational/social progress, economic development, and quality of life.
Five computers were alsoinstalled at the Confederation of Haitian Trade Unions (CTH), the largest labor federation in Haiti composed of 11 different union federations. CTH is carrying out vital adult literacy and health education campaigns with their membership. Once installed at the headquarters, union representatives and rank-and-file workers will have access to use them. Providing a digital tool to strengthen and increase the educational and operational efficiency for CTH is the primary goal.
Project Xela (COMPLETED) May2004
In cooperation with Partners in Solidarity and EntreMundos, CI distributed computers and computer systems to 32 qualified nongovernment organizations and schools in Guatemala.
Nicaragua Presidential Project(COMPLETED)November2002 /2003
CI donated 500 used computers to the Nicaraguan President’s Office of Social Development and Assistance. Nicaraguan President, Mr. Enrique Bolanos, used the computers for a public education technology programs for the people of Nicaragua.
Project SOL / Dario – (COMPLETED) November 2001
The project delivered and set up a computer classroom, an administrative computer, and a library computer to Seeds of Learning, an educational nonprofit in Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua. CI developed a method for distributing networked systems to organizations that are able to support educational programs and training.
Project Matagalpa – (COMPLETED) November 2001
Project distributed administrative computers to Familias Especiales, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families with handicapped or special need children in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.