Our latest venture is an offline informational platform hosted on a Raspberry Pi computer. Through in-depth research and collaboration with vetted NGOs, we have compiled information in three categories: Education, Translation, and Legal. Users access the information by connecting to the "Elpis" network through Wi-Fi.
HOW IT WORKS
A Raspberry Pi is a very small and portable computer. The Raspberry Pi is powered by our Solar Hub. Raspberry Pi 3 uses a integrated Wi-Fi module through which we can create a Wireless Access Point (WAP). Through the WAP, we are able to provide educational and informational content that we have developed on a wide range of topics.
The Raspberry Pi is connected to the Internet through an external 3G module (similar to a SIM card that uses data) which allows us to monitor usage, collect feedback, and make small changes to content in real-time. This method of providing accessible information is an affordable and scalable model of education for implementation in refugee camps and beyond.
Here's what our interface looks like when you connect. From informational guides on mental health and women's healthcare, to teaching entrepreneurial skills and CV building, to basic translation phrases, to information on the asylum process, we've gathered a diverse set of information. This will be a starting point for refugees to access the information they need to start rebuilding their lives in a new country.
This platform is available in English, Arabic, and Farsi: the three most common languages in the camps we currently work in.
Integrated into the platform is a feedback mechanism, so we can learn from users what they like, what they don't, and what they want to see more of. This bottom-up approach will allow us to impact users in the most effective, helpful way possible.
Interested in having your organisation's content featured on our Raspberry Pi extension? Get in touch!