It is official! The first trip is done!
We had a great week in El Salvador!! While the main project was installing a 1.8M Dish for VSAT based communications providing the school with 24/7 unlimited internet, installing campus wide WiFi with Ubiquiti Unifi APs, 8 new laptops, and a MakerBot Replicator 2 -3D printer- those projects seem small compared to the human connections made on the trip.
Visiting several needy communities with feeding programs, the local hospital for newborn care packets, and a public school to pass out 50 new backpacks and school supplies we were greeted by smiling faces and loving embraces. I know every member of the team was deeply moved and inspired.
While the hardware may be in place, we must keep the system online. The monthly cost for satellite service is not cheep. We are only able to keep a small 1.5Mbps download stream- on a 20:1 contention ratio. Our goal is to increase the speed of the school's connection to at least 3.0Mbps. We will also plan on trips to maintain and upgrade equipment as needed. The school services students from K-12 and expanding to pre-college classes. The impact Casa La Atarraya makes in the community is amazing. Not only does the school provide the very best education to the students, they are involved in the community at large with many projects.
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