Pledge Drive

I hope everyone here has gone to the bathroom recently…because I’m not letting you out of here until we reach our goal.

Just kidding…you’re on your honor not to hit the back button.  

So, now that we’re a few months into our stay in Bolivia, we’ve had a chance to figure out what we’ll be doing here and how that will help improve the lives of the people in the community.  One of the things that I’ll be doing is teaching a multimedia design course.  There are quite a few jobs available here in publishing, television, radio, etc. where they can put skills with photos, graphics, audio, and video to use.  My goal here is to give them a skill where they will be able to support themselves in a way that they can make a decent living for their family.

Though I don’t have a ton of experience with multimedia creation going into this, (getting some with the videos for the blog though), I’ve been reading up on it and think I’m about ready to start with lesson plans.  However, the two things that are holding us back are that the computers currently in the Institute’s lab are really old (some are more than ten years old!), and the internet package that the school has is pretty slow, making it tough to work with some of the great online resources.

Therefore, I would like to ask you to consider donating money to help this new computer lab become a reality.  We’re looking to get about a dozen computers and monitors (about $500 a piece), and get an upgrade to the internet service for the next couple of years (about $30 per month).  If you decide to donate, you can be confident that we will put your money to good use and it will go directly to address an immediate need (classes start in February).

There are three options for sending us donations, you can send a check made out to Thomas Kent to my parent’s house:
Thomas Kent
Bolivia Operations
10342 Colorado Rd.
Bloomington, MN 55438

You can click our pay-pal button:

Or, if you would like your donation to be tax deductible, you can send it through our 501(c)(3) volunteer organization.  Be sure to put Thomas Kent Computers in the memo-line on the check.

Checks payable to: Salesian Sisters

VIDES East+USA c/o Sr. Denise
St. Joseph Center
655 Belmont Ave.
Haledon, NJ 07508

Thank you so much for considering to join us in providing this new aspect of job training for the people here and as always, thanks for all your prayers, love and support!

5 thoughts on “Pledge Drive

  1. Good luck reaching your goal guys! Hope you’re having fun. It looks like you’re working hard and taking charge to make the best happen for those you’re serving.

  2. Hello Laura and Tom,

    Today Terri has sent a check to the NJ address for the Salesian Sisters.
    For some years now we and the Malamphy Girls have skipped gifts and have given each other Christmas donations in each others names to selected causes We are always looking for new ones. So you are a perfect fit. We will share your story with the Girls( the youngest of which will be 90 years old in 2011). Good luck getting this project all together.

  3. Tom and Laura;

    I’ll be sending some money through paypal. Merry Christmas! I’m sure they’ll miss you in Bloomington and Chesterfield. Say hi to your folks for me.


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