Lyn Dobrin, Tom Schultz, Arthur Dobrin, Heather Schultz
Thirty-six computers, 13 monitors, 28 keyboards, two printers and two CD-rom drives have begun their long journey from Long Island to schools in Kenya, East Africa.
The used computers, donated by individuals and local businesses, will be refurbished and then taken to the schools under the auspices of the Canaan Foundation, a Connecticut-based program whose goal is to bring computer literacy to schools in Kenya. The Canaan Foundation supports both local education and wildlife conservation through its work in Kenya.
Collecting the computers for Kenya were Westbury couple Arthur and Lyn Dobrin, former Kenya Peace Corps volunteers who have maintained their connection with the country and are now raising funds to build a school in the area where they worked in the '60s.
"Our school, the Sema Academy, is near completion and in June, Tom and Heather Schultz who run the Canaan Foundation will be bringing computers there," said Arthur Dobrin.
Tom Schultz, CEO of the Dickinson Witch Hazel Company in Hartford, CT, taught secondary school in Kenya in the early '70s. "We are so fortunate to have learned about the efforts of Tom and Heather and to work on this project with them," said Lyn Dobrin.
Hicksville's Crown Advertising Agency, Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, Hearst Business Publishing in Garden City and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in Manhattan were among the businesses and institutions who donated items. "It is a pleasure to provide computers to people who look forward to learning how they can enhance their lives with this technology," said Thomas Cullen, president of Crown Advertising.
"We are still collecting computers and would welcome calls from anyone who would like to help out," said Lyn Dobrin.
To learn more about Sema Academy or donating computers, visit the website: www.ehsli.org/kenya/kenya, or call the Dobrins at 516-997-8545. The Kenya Fund is a project of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island in Garden City.