Silicon Valley Executives Launch Sonrisa Foundation

New Technology Charity Will 'Bridge the Digital Divide in Latin America'



Apr 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Sonrisa Foundation

    LOS GATOS, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonrisa Foundation was launched
 today by a group of Silicon Valley executives to provide charitable transfer
 of Information Technology to Latin America and the Caribbean.  Dedicated to
 bridging the "digital divide" in Latin America, the non-profit corporation
 partners with businesses and other charitable organizations to bring
 technology products, services and education to economically disadvantaged
 people.  By doing so, Sonrisa Foundation serve to improve lives, create jobs
 and foster global trade
     "Latin America has an expanding population of more than 435 million
 people, and its leaders are aware that the region's 21st century economic
 growth is tied to rapid adoption of Internet Business," says Dr. Timothy
 Ashby, Sonrisa Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "The
 biggest barriers to development are low income, poor training, lack of
 hardware and software, prohibitive Internet access costs, and unreliable
 delivery systems.  Sonrisa Foundation's mission is to help overcome these
 barriers."
     In addition to helping to make the world better through economic
 development, companies can realize substantial benefits for contributing
 products, services and cash to.  Such benefits include significant tax
 deductions, reduction of inventory carrying costs and public recognition for
 donors interested in opening new markets for their products and services in
 Latin America.  Sonrisa Foundation is the only charity focused specifically on
 Information Technology transfer to the developing world.
     "Sonrisa's goal is to help people and communities and not be enmeshed in
 politics," says Donald Davis, Director of Worldwide Business Development for
 Ricoh Silicon Valley.  "The foundation is therefore building technology
 bridges to deserving people and organizations in Cuba as well as nations such
 as Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela."
     "We may provide computers to schools in the poorest regions of Mexico or
 technical training to women in Haiti," says Sonrisa Foundation's Vice
 President Elizabeth Bourget, "giving deserving people a chance to learn skills
 that could mean the difference between lifelong poverty and self-sufficiency.
 We also work with companies and organizations to organize educational
 exchanges and placement of volunteers in communities and schools."
     Sonrisa Foundation is a registered 510 (c)(3) U.S. nonprofit organization
 established to provide charitable transfer of technology to Latin America and
 the Caribbean.  Based in Los Gatos, California, the foundation's web site
 address is www.sonrisafoundation.org.
 
     CONTACT:  A Way With Words, 831-430-9719, or info@sonrisafoundation.org,
 for Sonrisa Foundation.
 
 

SOURCE Sonrisa Foundation
    LOS GATOS, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sonrisa Foundation was launched
 today by a group of Silicon Valley executives to provide charitable transfer
 of Information Technology to Latin America and the Caribbean.  Dedicated to
 bridging the "digital divide" in Latin America, the non-profit corporation
 partners with businesses and other charitable organizations to bring
 technology products, services and education to economically disadvantaged
 people.  By doing so, Sonrisa Foundation serve to improve lives, create jobs
 and foster global trade
     "Latin America has an expanding population of more than 435 million
 people, and its leaders are aware that the region's 21st century economic
 growth is tied to rapid adoption of Internet Business," says Dr. Timothy
 Ashby, Sonrisa Foundation's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "The
 biggest barriers to development are low income, poor training, lack of
 hardware and software, prohibitive Internet access costs, and unreliable
 delivery systems.  Sonrisa Foundation's mission is to help overcome these
 barriers."
     In addition to helping to make the world better through economic
 development, companies can realize substantial benefits for contributing
 products, services and cash to.  Such benefits include significant tax
 deductions, reduction of inventory carrying costs and public recognition for
 donors interested in opening new markets for their products and services in
 Latin America.  Sonrisa Foundation is the only charity focused specifically on
 Information Technology transfer to the developing world.
     "Sonrisa's goal is to help people and communities and not be enmeshed in
 politics," says Donald Davis, Director of Worldwide Business Development for
 Ricoh Silicon Valley.  "The foundation is therefore building technology
 bridges to deserving people and organizations in Cuba as well as nations such
 as Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela."
     "We may provide computers to schools in the poorest regions of Mexico or
 technical training to women in Haiti," says Sonrisa Foundation's Vice
 President Elizabeth Bourget, "giving deserving people a chance to learn skills
 that could mean the difference between lifelong poverty and self-sufficiency.
 We also work with companies and organizations to organize educational
 exchanges and placement of volunteers in communities and schools."
     Sonrisa Foundation is a registered 510 (c)(3) U.S. nonprofit organization
 established to provide charitable transfer of technology to Latin America and
 the Caribbean.  Based in Los Gatos, California, the foundation's web site
 address is www.sonrisafoundation.org.
 
     CONTACT:  A Way With Words, 831-430-9719, or info@sonrisafoundation.org,
 for Sonrisa Foundation.
 
 SOURCE  Sonrisa Foundation