Pursuant to its aim of reaching an ever growing number of people through DU and contributing this way to spearheading the benefices coming from the use of ICTs, ST Foundation launched its first Digital Unify Program in Latin America end of 2008. Bolivia was chosen through the initiative of ST volunteers in Carrollton, Texas. Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, and one of the most technologically isolated countries in South America with regards to internet connectivity and computer literacy. Our partner is the Neustra Senora del Carmen Centro del Educativo in Cabezas. This school established in 2004 currently has approximately 500 students ranging from 6thto 12th grade. The school’s focus is academic and technical education for rural students.
Three computer labs have been set up and were operational starting in 2009: one lab at the main campus in Cabezas, which is located approximately 100 km south of Santa Cruz, another lab in Abapo (about 20 km south of Cabezas), and the third lab in Mora (about 40 km north of Cabezas). DU courses are first intended to the schools children, but the computer lab are also used for classes to teach computer literacy to members of the surrounding community. DU Bolivia reached over 2200 beneficiaries as of December 2011.