E-luminate is a nonprofit service-learning program that engages U.S. schools at all grade levels in creating nonfiction electronic educational materials (in the form of PowerPoints, PDFs, Word documents, videos, audio, etc.) for some of the world's most vulnerable children.
The participation fees donated by those U.S. schools are then used to provide electricity and establish digital multimedia centers (a computer, a projector, and a stereo system, and security to keep them safe) so those educational materials can be used.
The "E" stands for many ideas that we hope to promote through our work:
E is for Empathy
E is for Education
E is for English
E is for Electricity
E is for Earth
On Hiatus for 2013-2014
E-luminate will be going on hiatus for the 2013-14 school year while we assess its future. Together, we've done some incredible work in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Ghana, and it's been a success on many levels.
I know the program is an integral part of the curriculum at many schools, so you are more than welcome to produce electronic educational materials in the upcoming year and send them to me on a flash drive by July 11, 2014. At that point, I will forward the materials to the centers we've already created in Uganda, Sierra Leone and Ghana. No registration or participation fee required! The beauty of our digital format is that, when we're not building new multimedia centers, it costs us very little to send new materials to our already existing ones.
As many of you know, I run the program as a very part-time director, and, since the birth of our daughter, I have not been able to visit our sister sites, making it difficult to assure the ongoing effectiveness of the program. We're currently seeking out ways to continue evaluating and developing the project through various collaborations, but, in the meantime, I believe the most responsible course is to take a break from building new centers. I feel very strongly that your school's participation fees should be used as efficiently as possible, and I want to make sure of that before we continue to expand into other schools or even countries.
I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of generosity and enthusiasm by so many hundreds of schools and thousands of teachers and students around the United States over the last seven years. You have made an enormous difference in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children on the planet - thank you, from them and from me.
You can contact Abha at 608-466-4534 or firstname.lastname@example.org