Annual Report 2005

2005

STFoundation is proud of its major achievements in yet another very positive year. The Digital Unify, the Foundation’s key program, has expanded both in terms of creation of new poles within traditional countries and in new countries (Congo Democratic Republic, Tunisia, Thailand) and in terms of the number of trainers and trainees formed.

The number of trainees, that is those who have successfully completed the ICB course, has increased in 2005 by 154 % reaching a total of over 8000 trainees during the year.

Digital Unify

Throughout 2005 the Digital Unify has once again been the program of highest priority for the Foundation and to which most of its financial and human resources have been dedicated.

Italy ICB training has continued both in Catania and Agrate in local secondary schools. There has been one new computer training center set up at Ostuni, Brindisi, in collaboration with its Dioceses, in January 2005. Volunteer ST Trainers from Arzano have participated in the TTT session and assisted in the set up and running of this new pole. ICB courses have been running for the local community since February.

Malta Malta continues to achieve excellent results with 3 new computer training centers have been set up.

India The establishment of a Foundation Liaison Office in Noida has been finalized in January 2005.

Malaysia ICB training has continued steadily throughout the year.

Tunisia The new DU pole in Tunis has been launched successfully in the beginning of the year with the formation of 12 trainers. After careful research and networking, 3 local partners have been identified and partnerships forged for the set up of 3 computer training centers.

Democratic Republic Congo In order to expand in countries where STMicroelectronics is not present, such as in Sub Saharan Africa, STFoundation has partnered with METID, (Metodi e Tecnologie Innovative per la Didattica), a part of the Polytechnic University of Milan, to set up two computer training centers in Bukavo and Birava.

Number of trainees who successfully completed the ICB course in 2005 was 8026, representing an increase of 190% over 2004. Overall, the program counts to date over 12 150 trainees and nearly 400 trainers.

Total new trainers for 2005 112
Total trainees for 2005 8,026
Total trainers from beginning of program 396
Total trainees from beginning of program 12,168

DU Trainers and Trainees results

2003 2004 2005 Change Total
Italy Trainers
Trainees
45
187
38
217
30
237
9% 113
641
Democratic Republic Congo Trainers
Trainees
2
290
2
290
India Trainers
Trainees
17 26
102
43
102
Malaysia Trainers
Trainees
17
130
2
278
135% 19
408
Malta Trainers
Trainees
18
400
10
476
7
586
23% 35
1462
Morocco Trainers
Trainees
23
362
90
2,241
57
6,526
191% 170
9,129
Nepal Trainers
Trainees
2
27
2
27
Tunisia Trainers
Trainees
12
82
12
82
Total Trainers
Trainees
103
949
181
3,166
112
8,026
154% 396
12,168

Participation in UN ICT Task Force

Participation to the 8th and 9th UN ICT TF meetings in Dublin in April and in Geneva in October 2005.

Development Projects

“Children of Gujarat” Gift Matching Campaign and Water Project The Gift Matching campaign, launched in 2004 at all STMicroelectronics sites in Italy and in Geneva, had the objective of attracting 100 new sponsors amongst ST staff for 100 children in 6 villages of Gujarat, through the Sponsorship Scheme of CIAI (whereby for 310 Euros per year a sponsor provides schooling and health care to a child and allows his or her mother to attend vocational training classes and benefit from micro credit schemes to improve family income).

Every year, the Foundation will match euro by euro the sponsorships and use the matching for development projects in the same area where the sponsored children live.

A matching of 31,000 Euros (47,752 CHF) has been made in 2005 for the completion of the construction of 4 wells and pipelines for the supply of clean water to 9000 villagers.

The project also involved the creation of local committees, comprised primarily of women, that have been trained to assist in the maintenance of the wells and pipelines and have been involved in the mapping and construction of the wells and pipelines.

The entire community has received training on water use and conservation. The project has been an awareness raising experience for the entire community, provided an opportunity for bridging gender gaps and enriching the social fabric, bringing the community together as active participants in the development of their village.

The 2005 donation completes the first matching made in 2004 of the same amount for the first part of the water project. The first well has been inaugurated in December 2005.

Clean water has been a long time dream for these villages, left to fend for themselves after the tremendous earthquake hit this region several years ago. The area is an extremely poor, drought-ridden region and lack of clean water took its toll both on the economy and the health of the people.

As part of the Gujarat Development project, the Foundation has agreed to the funding of a Computer and Vocational Training Center in Gujarat in the village of Lodai next to the house of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who run the CIAI program there. The donation will cover costs of construction and furnishing of a full-fledged training center consisting of one office, 4 classrooms, and one computer training center.

The center will be used to provide tutoring classes for children after school hours, to deliver vocational training classes to mothers, and to provide the entire local community with computer skills and internet access through the Digital Unify program.

ICT4D Donations

  • 6,000 Euros to AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation)
  • 40,000 USD to Enfants du Mekong Funding of 27 PCs for the Center for Information Systems Training (CIST) project in Cambodia. The Center will train selected students in a 3 year program to become computer systems and network administrators. Promotions should be of 50 students per year.

Charitable Donations

  • 10,000 USD to OMCT (Organisation Mondiale contre la Torture)
  • 100,000 USD for victims of Pakistani earthquake