AMUUR VILLAGE COMPUTER CENTER TAKES ANOTHER STEP FORWARD TO COMPLETION


Amuur Computer Center getting a coat of paint from our High-Tech volunteer painting crew

In India, as in most places,  business is often conducted between friends and acquaintances and those to whom we are personally introduced.  So it is with getting institutional support for our slowly developing Computer Center in Amuur.  One of the American Directors of SAVE-INTL had some years ago developed a friendship with a colleague at work who was on temporary assignment from India. Time passed and they lost contact but were not forgotten. My Director mentioned this past contact to me and through the miracle of Internet social networking I was able to locate her and, surprise, she worked for a major Indian technology company in Chennai, Tamilnadu.  I wrote to her, rekindled an old friendship with our American Director,  and also found a corporate sponsor willing to help with launching and maintaining our long-awaited Amuur Computer Center.


Anitha Rajesh addressing the friends of the Amuur Computer Center

C. John Degler and Anitha with assembled friends and supporters in Amuur

First a visit was needed to Amuur to verify that the SAVE-INTL Computer Center was a potential reality more than some mere imagination. So on July 22, 2011 Anitha and a colleague, Augustin, came down from Suburban South Chennai to Amuur Village to meet me and take a look at the Amuur Computer Center. More than 30 people were present to greet Anitha during her inspection of the facilities, and cookies and tea were served. Anitha made a well received speech about the support she would try to organize for the Center through her employer, HCL Corp of India.  She said she would try to organize some volunteers through HCL to help paint the Amuur Computer Center building and also work to provide qualified teachers and computer instructors to help make the Center a thriving reality of benefit to the community.

Subsequently on August 20th, 2011, 15 young volunteer painters from HCL, most of them computer and software engineers, who work in Chennai but came from all over India, joined myself and my SAVE-INTL assistant, “Kutti”,  in painting the interior and exterior of the Center with paints purchased by SAVE-INTL but with brushes that the volunteers brought with them.


Siva and Pyush mixing paint

After demonstrating that they possessed the computational capabilities to mix paint (name the two ways you can get exactly 4 liters of water by adding and dumping water from a 3 liter and a 5 liter bucket!),  they all set to work on a fine partially cloudy day with lots of youthful energy and camaraderie. A lot was accomplished and everyone agreed that it was a fun and useful way to spend a Saturday. As noon time approached we took a break and ordered parcels of rice and sambhar and enjoyed a meal.


Delicious!

We took a lot of photos, too numerous to display on this page but I have included a link to a gallery of the best images I took for the downloading pleasure and enjoyment of the volunteers. Let me say, again, a BIG THANK YOU to all who participated: Sumit Kumar, Vinod Kumar, R. Venkateraman, Ayaskanta Mishra, Sivakumar Tallari, Ankur Kumar, Santiago Martin, Sivakumar Shanmugan, Piyush Mathur, Jetwin, Kannan, Ch. Royal Appaji Rao, Venkata Ramana A, Ugandhar Sheela, (apologies for any misspellings) and of course Anitha for making this all possible.

PHOTO GALLERY LINK


The painting done for the day, the volunteers, our hard working water carrier and C. John Degler assemble for a group photo

AMUUR COMPUTER CENTER BEING READIED

Work is well underway for the inauguration of the long-planned Amuur Village Computer and Technology Center, located in a two room building constructed by TVO and SAVE-INTL with the financial assistance of the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund of Kiel Germany.

Amuur-Main Street Community Center. The Computer and Technology Center is planned for the room on the left

The Center is conveniently situated on the Main Road between Tiruporuur and Manampathi, just south of the Old Mahabalipuram Road in the Tiruporuur Block of Kanchipuram District, about 35 KM south of Chennai, Tamilnadu. Just adjacent to the Village Bus Stand,  the building has a flat concrete roof with the computer center room about 5 by 8 meters in size. We have already brought three phase power  to the building and wired the computer room for a minimum of eight computer work stations.

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