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Community Development Network

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Community Development Network (CDN) is a non-profit organization committed to providing technological equipment and educational training to rural communities. CDN’s goal is to empower impoverished individuals and communities to become self-sustaining and globally connected through the Internet to resources that can advance their opportunities to generate income and knowledge.

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Several students studying at Oxford University founded the Community Development Network (CDN) in 1999. A professor at the university was going to give away several computers, and she knew of a community in Nepal that could use the resources. From there, CDN was born. It is a non-profit organization which functions to provide resources to people who need them, and teach them the basic skills needed to utilize these resources. Currently, CDN sets up telecenters in rural communities across the globe but has been mainly focusing on Nepalese communities most recently. The telecenters function as centers for learning, where locals can come and be educated on how to use a computer, print important documents, and empower the youth of the communities to eliminate poverty amongst the people. CDN provides the Nepalese with training, scholarships, and educational means in order to help the communities become self-sustainable. In 2003, CDN received 501(c)3 status in the United States, and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Community Development Network (CDN) is a non-profit organization committed to providing technological equipment and educational training to rural communities. CDN's goal is to empower impoverished individuals and communities to become self-sustaining and globally connected through the Internet to resources that can advance their opportunities to generate income and knowledge. nnHow We Started:nSeveral students studying at Oxford University founded the Community Development Network (CDN) in 1999. A professor at the university was going to give away several computers, and she knew of a community in Nepal that could use the resources. From there, CDN was born. It is a non-profit organization which functions to provide resources to people who need them, and teach them the basic skills needed to utilize these resources. Currently, CDN sets up telecenters in rural communities across the globe but has been mainly focusing on Nepalese communities most recently. The telecenters function as centers for learning, where locals can come and be educated on how to use a computer, print important documents, and empower the youth of the communities to eliminate poverty amongst the people. CDN provides the Nepalese with training, scholarships, and educational means in order to help the communities become self-sustainable. In 2003, CDN received 501(c)3 status in the United States, and is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. n

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Goals: To empower and educate rural communities with technology to promote sustainable resources.To operate multiple international nonprofit programs and facilitate research projects on technology and education.

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  • Nonprofit Making a Difference Through Technology

    Community Development Network: Who We Are It's hard to imagine living in a world with no technology, but millions of people around the globe are still living with limited opportunities because they lack resources to access information. Community Development Network (CDN) empowers people with technology and education around the globe, particularly youth and women. Our organization has set up telecenters in South Sudan, Pakistan, Philippines, and Nepal. A telecenter is a classroom equipped with computers and Internet service and is designed to help increase literacy, knowledge, communication, and access to government health records. Mothers have walked as much as two consecutive days after giving birth to gain a birth certificate for their newborn child by accessing government health records online at CDN telecenters. It is our goal to raise funds for initial equipment and Internet installation costs, which can cost around $800 a telecenter. From there, it is up to the locals to pay the residual maintenance fees. Telecenters generate income through programs like the Woman's Sewing Group in Sankhu, Nepal and by offering computer courses. Women and children in the villages of Nepal have very little power in their communities and low literacy rates, but through CDN’s telecenters they have gained more knowledge and authority. Students gain a certificate of completion through a six-week computer-training course that costs approximately $30 a student. Students learn how to use programs focused on Microsoft Office, graphic design, web page design, and communication tools like Voicethread. Nepalese youth have a greater chance of supporting themselves and influencing others with certified computer skills and increased literacy. The Youth Managed Resource Center (YMRC) in Sankhu, Nepal is the best example of CDN’s student success. These centers are more than a learning tool; they are the basis for outside communication for villages to connect with one another. Nepalese youth under the age of 25 traveled for miles from different villages to come together at the annual Youth Summit conference to discuss new technology tools and solutions to current problems they share. CDN encourages the youth to consult one another about telecenter activity and discuss current events in their villages in hopes to better their communities. To find more information about CDN’s impact on the Nepalese villages at Youth Summit, visit the Voicethread Project on CDN’s website.Publication: Written by: Haley ScottDate:

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