‘Ohana Komputer was established in November 2000 by Gigi Davidson, with the purpose of teaching computer skills to disadvantaged residents of the state of Hawai‘i.
With support from the McInerny Foundation, ‘Ohana Komputer initiated a project in 2001 for low-income children who live in Kalihi Valley Homes (KKV), where gang membership and drug abuse are serious problems. Through our efforts, 24 kids attended after-school classes at the Community Hall, meeting in groups of eight students each. Using a curriculum that covered operating systems, word processing, telecommunications, spreadsheets, databases, programming, graphics, applied technology, desktop publishing, and multimedia presentations, our focus was on teaching them how to use computers as a tool.
Several months after we established this first pilot site at KKV, we started a second project for both children and adults at seven Kalihi Valley Community Technology Centers and the Palama Settlement In-Community Treatment Program. This more comprehensive approach was the result of collaboration with the University of Hawai‘i’s Center on Disability Studies. Through these technology centers located within parks, schools, housing projects, and social service agencies, we provided computer skills to 81 students (65 children and 16 adults), none of which could have afforded tuition to attend similar classes. We also trained staff members and administrators at the various centers.
In 2002 we launched our first in-school program at Halau Ku Mana, a Hawaiian Charter School of at risk youth, and at an elementary school in an extremely low-income neighborhood.
We continue to make efforts to expand our reach and improve the quality of our programs in the communities we already service. We have collaborated with many organizations to set up new computer labs, and even fielded a cooperative team of middle schoolers to compete in Hawaii’s first ever Botball competition.
Here are a few highlights of our successes over the years:
|2000 – 2001|
|2002 – 2003|
|2003 – 2004|
|2004 – 2005|
|2005 – 2006|
|2007 – 2008|
|2007 – 2008|
|2009 – 2010|