E2D – 10K
In August 2013, Eliminate the Digital Divide (E2D) delivered its first laptops to 54 families at Davidson Elementary. Six years later, the Davidson-based nonprofit is on the verge of delivering its 10,000th laptop to a family in need. That laptop is expected to be delivered as part of E2D’s “Back to School” Tech Distribution at ImaginOn Library in Charlotte on Saturday, September 7.
The recipient of that first laptop in 2013 was a young student named Aryana. She just started her senior year at Mooresville High School, and is a straight-A student. And while E2D doesn’t claim all the credit, Aryana is the first one to tell you that having a computer at home has been important for her studies.
More than 500 homeless students and their families have been recipients of laptops, and the mobile hotspots that provide them the internet connectivity they need. Wherever life may take them, they always have the ability to go online, to not only do homework, but also to search for jobs and seek social services.
It has taken E2D just over 6 years to deliver their first 10,000 computers, and they have an ambitious goal of delivering the next 10,000 by the end of next year.
You can help. E2D’s work has never been so important, but costs for refurbishment are continuing to rise. E2D is looking for additional community financial investment. You can invest in their work by making an online donation.
“E2D has been a breath of fresh air for our McKinney-Vento students. Our homeless students receive laptops to not only do their school work but for family members to have internet access to reach resources in the community and the world.”
Ms. Sonja Jenkins
CMS Coordinator, McKinney-Vento Federal Homeless Assistance Program