A Library for Nicaragua
After participating in a LearnCloud volunteer event, Adnan reached out to us to express interest in bringing tablets to Nicaragua.
“My older sister has always been actively involved with a variety of community initiatives. Seeing her create an impact inspired me to do the same.”
In 2014, Adnan went on an outreach trip to Nicaragua to help a local NGO build a library in an underprivileged community.
“I have always believed in the power of education, and my personal goal is to bring enhanced education to children across the world. Working with Rumie made me realize how easy it is to make a global impact from my own home.”“As we made our way to Nicaragua, we were excited and nervous at the same time – none of us had ever done construction work before,” he explained, laughing.
“While mixing concrete and laying bricks, I made a lot of mistakes, and at times, things seemed inefficient. At the end of the trip, I asked the organizer of the program why he facilitates outreach trips instead of just fundraising and hiring more trained local workers. He explained to me that the project was not just about the construction of the library – it was also about connecting with the community.
“At that moment, I realized the broader impact of our trip. Over a short two week period, we built a deep relationship with the community, which resulted in immense cross-cultural learning and knowledge transfer. This was the first time I was in another country not as a tourist, but as a member of another community – I even changed my name to Antonio for the duration of the trip.”
The trip had a big impact on Adnan, inspiring him to continue volunteering to improve the lives of the people he met in Nicaragua. He encourages other outreach trip participants to stay connected to the communities they visit.
In fall 2015, Adnan came to a LearnCloud event while volunteering on Impact Day, an annual tradition at Deloitte, where he is working as co-op student. This was the first time he was introduced to Rumie. Learning about our work made him immediately think about the kids he met in Nicaragua.
“I will never forget the memories I forged in Nicaragua. I got really attached to the students and community, and I kept in touch with them after the trip. When I first learned about Rumie tablets, I knew I needed to get them into the hands of the children I met. So I assembled a team of eight incredibly talented volunteers and developed a plan for the project. We shared our plan with the Rumie team and they supported it in every possible way, which made our work much easier. We then started to curate educational content for the tablets.
“Everyone on our team enjoyed every step of the journey, and I have to say that their contributions and support made all of this possible. We used the LearnCloud to organize and tailor the content, and the more we used it, the more interesting features we discovered. It made me believe in Rumie’s long-term vision.”
Adnan’s team successfully raised funds for the tablet deployment through a crowdfunding campaign and curated a large library of learning content. Once the tablets were set up with their learning content, Adnan sent them off to the Seeds of Learning Resource Center in Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua.
“I have always believed in the power of education, and my personal goal is to bring enhanced education to children across the world. Working with Rumie made me realize how easy it is to make a global impact from my own home. I’ll be visiting Nicaragua again this summer, and I can’t wait to see the smiles and the academic improvements of the children.”