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Population 5.7 million
Land mass 71,740 sq km
Life expectancy 47.8 years
Under age 5 mortality 19%
Literacy rate 40%
Access to safe water  57%
3 doctors per 100,000
57% population live on $US1 per day or less
United Nations HDI ranking 180/187

About Kanga

Kanga Schools is a group of volunteers in Sydney, Australia, which collects new and second hand books from schools, libraries, publishers and individuals.  Computers are donated by schools and companies committed to supporting Kanga Schools.  These are all recycled and, with volunteer IT help, reinstalled with open source software to be delivered to the other side of the world in West Africa.

HOW DOES IT HAPPEN?
These books, computers, printers and soccer boots are left at various “drop off” locations in the Sydney metropolitan area – or collected by volunteers in the Kanga van to be delivered to the storage warehouse in south-west Sydney.

On arrival in the Sydney warehouse, books are sorted, packed and labelled with the designated recipient school.

Computers are cleaned down and loaded with free software.  All cartons are stored in the warehouse, and when there are over 65 cubic metres (about 2,000 cartons), they are packed in a two or three 20ft containers and shipped to Sierra Leone.  This happens about twice a year.

Each school has a “sponsor” who possibly attended the school and now lives in Australia, or who lives in Sierra Leone.  Each sponsor is responsible for his school taking proper care of the books and computers it receives.

On arrival in Freetown, the goods are cleared and distributed to the schools.  The sponsor must ensure that the school’s principal travels to Freetown to make the collection and transport to the school.

In addition, each school is required to submit reports on the progress it is making with the addition of the books and computers provided.




 

 

 
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