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Turbana Strengthens Partnership With OLPC (1)

Turbana Strengthens Partnership With OLPC (1)

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Published by: Mariana Ludmila Cortés on Jul 19, 2013
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For Immediate ReleaseTURBANA STRENTHENS PARTNERSHIP
 WITH ‘ONE LAPTOP
PER 
CHILD’ TO EDUCATE AND INSPIRE
ITS BANANA-GROWINGCOMMUNITIES IN COLOMBIA 
Through Turbana’s Social Foundation
, Underprivileged Children areImmersed in Technology, Connectivity, and Growth
 with Turbana’s
Second Donation of 1,000 Laptops
CORAL GABLES, Florida (January 9, 2013)-
Today Turbana announced its partnership with the
“One Laptop
per
Child”
foundation in order to provide new and durable XO laptops to
Turbana’s banana an
d plantain-growing regions. Based on the positive results of their firstdonation of 800 laptops in 2010, Turbana is providing an additional 1,000 laptops to the ruraland underprivileged areas of Urabá, Colombia. Instrumental in this effort
is Turbana’s
longstanding social foundation Fundauniban, which trains teachers and educates children andtheir families on how to interact with and optimize new technologies, bringing communitiesinspiration and growth.Gladys Adriana Ruíz, a teacher inv 
olved with the initiative said, “What Turbana and Fundauniban
have been doing towards education is very meaningful because they offer these children in Ura
 better opportunities in life by giving them access to the world through technology.”
XO laptops are unique because
they’re
designed to work in tough conditions and remote areas,affording children connectivity on a global scale. The laptops
operating system and interfaceallow the children to identify other groups and users of XOs in its geographic proximity, thusencouraging learning and collaboration. Parents and teachers also receive training on how to usethe computers, creating an exponential effect in the communities.
 An eighth grade student at the Santa Fe School noted, “
Thanks to this project, I've learned many things, to the point that today I'm a tutor of the lower grades.
 
Through Turbana’s involvement,
3,706 children and their families throughout the Urabá regionlearn to solve their own challenges, supporting one of its
key philosophies: Don’t give people fish;
teach them
how
to fish, and the strong belief that education is the foundation for finding solutionsfor growth and sustainability.
Turbana’s
chief executive officer, Juan David Alarcon,
commented, “We are so happ
 y that wehave been able to make a second contribution of laptops to Fundauniban to help our communitiesin a way that is both maintainable and stimulating. On behalf of both organizations, I would liketo give a special thanks to Horizon Stevedoring, operating out of the Port of Philadelphia, for itscontribution and for making our goal of 1,000 laptops possible. We encourage all our customersand vendors to join us in this effort to help underprivileged kids get the education needed for aprosperous future.
PR CONTACTSpunEva Fedderly 1 (908) 642-4619eva@spunpr.com
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