Philip Appiah from PAAJAF approached me some months ago. PAAJAF is a humanitarian services nongovernmental organization based in Accra, Ghana, West-Africa. The foundation provides food and shelter, clothing, basic health care, community building skills, job training and education for children, women and orphans. Philip’s vision was to improve the lives of his 600 members through better access to information, better education. Access to information is to better education, freedom, making a living, so to speak. Although Philip maintains healthy relationship to the UN and his needs are acknowledged he didn’t have any funds to buy computers or access to the Internet.
When Cherrypal learned about Philip’s project the commitment to send 20 laptops and pay for Internet access was quickly made. Training will start in January.
Living in Silicon Valley makes you blind. “Accra” is not just in Ghana, it’s also here in the western world, in Michigan, in Ohio, in New York State, in California, literally everywhere. There are still more than fifteen million Americans who can’t afford an own laptop, who have to go to a public library or live without access to the Internet at all, which is becoming increasingly difficult.
We here at Cherrypal decided to build a laptop for those who can’t afford to spend a couple of hundred dollars. In honor of Philip’s PAAJAF initiative we called our latest project “Africa”, hopefully making Internet access more affordable for those who need it most. Make no mistake, the Cherrypal is not a fancy system. It’s small, just 7″ screen, no thrills and admittedly not exactly fast, though good enough to browse the web.
We believe access to the Internet is an essential need nowadays and requires an extra effort from the global community to melt different cultures and backgrounds into one peaceful community.
Honestly, if you can afford a couple of bucks more the new Cherrypal Bing (Intel N280 based, Windows XP) with it’s new 13.3 inch screen and super-slim design is the much better choice, but what the heck, if you can’t and don’t mind the wait, with $99 bucks you can become an equal partner of the global cyber community. Welcome and Happy Holidays.