STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 1, 2015, Giving Tuesday, more than 400 high school boys and girls stood outside the school in Les Cayes, Haiti, eagerly waiting to inaugurate their very first computer lab, created by Endless. The students' excitement and wonder was palpable as they entered the lab together with representatives of the Stamford-based real estate firm Building and Land Technology (BLT) and the Hope for Haiti Northeast Advisory Board.
"Up until now, these students have been learning computers theoretically on a chalk board. That is a major obstacle for kids trying to succeed in this world, and to have that obstacle removed is empowering for them," said Carl R. Kuehner, Chairman and CEO of BLT, which sponsors the new computer lab alongside Hope for Haiti. "The majority of these students have never had the opportunity to actually touch or use a computer, or access the incredible wealth of information and communication that's available. Today that changes. We believe this could have an immeasurable positive impact on their lives."
"I can't wait to use the computer to learn more about medical research, biology and chemistry to prepare me for nursing school," said the senior class president of the school. Within 15 minutes of turning the computer on she had already gone into the pre-loaded Kahn Academy program and started looking at biology and organic chemistry lessons. Next she opened up the Endless resume builder and started filling out her information.
"These kids are innately brilliant and incredibly driven. Until now they just lacked the resources to propel them forward," explained Lauren Giordano, North East Advisory Board Secretary of Hope for Haiti and BLT employee.
The Endless computer has been designed to have apps that people care most about like education, health and livelihood. For emerging markets like Haiti where Internet and connectivity can be hard to come by, this computer brings access to information for all. Founded by a Connecticut native, Matt Dalio, CEO and Chief of Product, this technology is connecting those with endless potential by providing them with the information they need and want to succeed.
This school is just the beginning. Thanks to the partnership with BLT and Endless, Hope for Haiti will be distributing 1,000 Endless computers through their school and healthcare partners in the South of Haiti. "Hope for Haiti's work is truly life-changing, and I know that incorporating this type of technology allows students to have real hope in their future and the opportunities that can lie ahead of them," said Ms. Giordano. "I am proud to support Hope for Haiti's work and to be part of a company where I can make a real difference locally and globally. I can't wait to see more computers in the hands of Haiti's next generation!"
About Hope for Haiti
Hope for Haiti is a Naples, Florida, based 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has been committed to serving the Haitian people for 26 years with the mission to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children. Our programs build capacity in five core areas in the greater South of Haiti: education, healthcare & nutrition, clean water, infrastructure and economy. By building long-term partnerships, Hope for Haiti connects, heals, and empowers communities on the path toward sustainability. Hope for Haiti is a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator and is a participant at the Gold Level through the GuideStar Exchange, two leading independent evaluators recognizing the organization's transparency and careful stewardship of donor resources.
About Building and Land Technology
Building and Land Technology (BLT) is a privately held real estate private equity, development and property management firm with the mission to realize a property's full potential, through ground-up commercial and residential development, property management and skilled investment strategies. We accomplished this through market knowledge, innovative problem solving, financial integrity and a proven ability to transform a vision into a reality. Founded in 1982, BLT is vertically integrated and has invested in, developed, owned and managed over five million square feet of commercial space and over 10,000 residential units. BLT is one of the largest office landlords in Connecticut, and its office holdings include the corporate headquarters for Gen Re, GE Commercial Finance, Diageo, GE Real Estate, Xerox, GE Energy, AON/Hewitt, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and Structured Portfolio Management. To learn more about BLT visit http://www.bltoffice.com/about-us/.
The computer revolution is one of the greatest revolutions in human history. And yet, 75% of the world still lives outside of its reach, struggling to fulfill the most basic of needs. Health, education, livelihood. What would a world look like where everyone has access to the opportunities that computing can offer? To full desktop computers with fast and easy software? The sum of human knowledge would be at their fingertips. Education, job opportunities, health information, all accessible to everyone. That world is possible. Our mission is to build it. To learn more about Endless visit https://endlessm.com/.
Hope For Haiti
Chief of Donor Experience
Ph. 239-434-7183 ext. 203
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