Thanks in part to the involvement of some George Fox volunteers, a new Bible college in Rwanda was equipped with 15 refurbished HP laptops and 25 e-readers for students to learn computer skills and enrich their educational experience.
First, the university’s institutional technology office converted the most durable laptops from its inventory and installed new open source software at no charge. George Fox professors Eloise Hockett and Scot Headley then joined alumna Debi Miller and former university employees Ron Stansell, Carolyn Stansell and Lon Fendall to deliver the computers to Rwanda Friends Theological College in Musanze, Rwanda, for the college’s opening in February. Hockett, Headley, Miller and Fendall also led a faculty seminar during the trip.
The George Fox connection came about through Fendall, who for many years has volunteered to help with programs that train members of Friends churches in Rwanda, Burundi and Congo for pastoral work and other ministries. A generous donation of more than $4,800 from members of Friends churches throughout the U.S. also helped make the presentation possible, as supporters nationwide paid for the e-readers and downloaded books through special Christmas offerings.