Asia Initiatives

Supporting Computer Literacy in Rural Villages

India and the Philippines

Over 3,500 used computers have been sent to VRCs/VKCs, and schools in India and the Philippines. VRCs and VKCs are computer-based knowledge centers with Internet connections that provide need-based static and dynamic information on farming, entitlements and health, and also aid in literacy programs. A set of VKCs operating in a region is connected to a ‘hub’ in the center as a nodal point managed by MSSRF, which receives generic information and adds value by converting it to local-specific information in the local language. Need-based content creation is regularly done by assessing the needs of the local women and men who visit the center and getting feedback from them. Local village people, half of them women, are trained in operating the computers and hardware maintenance.