The Eritrean Community In Seattle and Vicinity, ECSV, has been serving Eritrean families since 1983. Located in the Central District the organization has served as a bridge to help Eritrean refugees and immigrants to adjust to the culture of their new home here in the United States.
With a $15,000 grant from the Technology Matching Fund, ECSV provided a much needed upgrade to their aging computer lab. Five new computers and an air conditioner to beat the heat allowed the Technology Learning Center to launch in June with classes on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Computer Instructor Teshome Mesgun, has since helped over 50 adults learn basic and professional computer skills and provided Tigrinya language training (GEEZ).
Volunteers and Board members have been key to making the new Technology Learning Center a reality. They have contributed more than 265 hours of volunteer effort in coordinating and promoting the lab. Classes filled after they spread the word about the computer lab at key public events, such as graduations, wedding and picnics. They continue to build awareness about what Technology Learning Center can offer through flyers and other channels. For more information on the project, contact Kiflemariam Sequar at firstname.lastname@example.org.