PROGRESS SO FAR:
For those of you who donated to this cause last year, we wanted to express our deepest gratitude, as thanks to you, we were able to collect around 6.000AED/ 1.500€. But we didn’t want to spend this money on 4-5 laptops, but actually come up with a proper plan to get 60 laptops for this amount.
So we did our research last year, while Madagascar was still closed anyway and we started a collaboration with a German NGO called Labdoo.org, which will be providing us with laptops for all students. We’re currently in the application process and once our school is granted the support, it will cost us only 10€ per laptop, hence 600€ for 60.
However, we will need to ship these laptops ourselves because Labdoo will only deliver them to a German address and then we’re responsible for the final shipping. Currently, the price for shipping 1 laptop of 2-3kg to Madagascar is around 20-30€, and 800€ won’t be enough to ship 60 laptops. One would ask, why don’t we buy laptops there? First because of the prices, corruption & security issues. It is better that local businesses and authorities don’t know that the school has money, otherwise, we risk break-ins. We are trying to find the best solution such as taking a bunch of laptops with us when we will visit the school this year and also shipping a few laptops via DHL to test the waters.