Project FAQ

Q1. Ok. I now have read about your project at About Page, but I want to know more. By the way, where the heck is Laiza?
      Laiza is a small town in Kachin State(fylke in Norwegian term) in Myanmar where there are currently over 100k Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) because of the civil war between the government and rebel forces. Below is Laiza on Google Maps. It is located right on the border with China.

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Q2. What is Raspberry Pi?
      Raspberry Pi is a small credit card size micro computer that is just like any normal desktop computer. It was created by Raspberry Pi Foundation in UK to be used by children and adult alike to learn computer science. So Raspberry Pi can be used for any educational purposes. Below is some students with a small Raspberry Pi computer.

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Q3. How much does it cost?
      $35. That's it. If you donate $35 to the project, we will buy a Raspberry Pi computer, write your name on it and it will be used in the library.

Q4. But do you have electricity in Laiza to run these computers?
      Yes. Myanmar is abundant in natural resources just like Norway, especially water. Laiza gets its electricity from a small hydropower plant nearby.

Q5. Ok. I am now very interested in the project and want to become a team member. What do I need to do?
      To become a team member, monthly donation of 250 NOK is needed for one year. To do this, just choose 'Recurring Option' as 'Payment Type' on our donation page. Payment will then run for one year and stop. And please send us your beautiful photo and an email address to contact you at admin@laizalibrary.org. The photo part is just optional. You can check out the current team members at our Home Page.

Q6. Does your team run as an organisation? If so, what's the name of the organisation?
      No. The team includes sole individuals who believe that kids in Myanmar deserve to get access to basic education just like they do.

Q7. But without an organisation, how do you plan for the project?
      Our team members are tasked with different part of the project such as project leaders, accountants(financial), technical team, advisory team and organisers. We meet every Sunday on Skype to discuss and share progress about the project.

Q8. Should you not be worry more about food and shelter for these children instead of a freaking digital library?
      We delegate those tasks to organisations like UN, UNHCR and there are already various international + local organisations helping with those tasks already. So we put our focus on education instead.

Q9. What about building? There must be a building to make a digital library, right?
      Yes. For this, we have contacted the only school in Laiza and they share the inspiration behind the project just like us. They warmly welcome the idea.

Q10. Great! So when do you actually start to implement the project?
      Next summer. Two or three of our team members will personally travel to Laiza and start the actual implementation.

PS: If you have any other questions that we have not answered in this FAQ, please contact us at admin@laizalibrary.org

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Posted: 28th Mar, 2015