Our mission, vision and journey began in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea in September 2017. Our Founder, Jack Growden, struck up a friendship with Cr Peter Raim, who is the tribal leader of the Kopi tribe and a passionate advocate for his community's development. Fast forward to 2021, and Cr Peter Raim has led the on-the-ground rollout of 28 computer labs across the primary education sector across his home province.
Every NGO talks about cultivating local ownership over their programs - we are privileged to live it every day. With the travel difficulties from COVID-19, our team in Australia has not been able to be on the ground in PNG, however, that has mattered little, with our local team managing our largest rollouts. Cr Peter Raim leads a team of local, Kopi tribe members, who don the LiteHaus yellow with pride and without expectation of remuneration.
Joe Nongur manages the technical aspects of the installations, while Paul Aris serves as our driver, ensuring the team makes it safely to and from rollouts in remote parts of the Western Highlands Province. Other young volunteers also assist the team, learning valuable skills in IT and general employability. Local ownership ensures we maximise the impact from the infrastructure.
"Artists Against Hunger is a not-for-profit orphanage in Mityana, Uganda which I am a director of. In 2018, LiteHaus assisted our 57 students with their stationery and school fee requirements. This not only allowed them to go to school but also inspired them to continue their educational journeys.
In 2019, LiteHaus come through on their promise and provided us with laptops for our orphans' house. This means that they now learn the basics of digital learning which their school is not teaching them. Uganda is a country whose young people face many challenges but with technology, many of these can be overcome."
"As local Councillor for Kopi tribe in the Hagen Central ward of the Western Highlands Province, it is my duty to improve services to the 5,000 people of my community in the fields of education, health and employment.
Digital learning is especially important for us. In today's world, everything is computerised yet 95% of us do not know how to use laptops. Further, education is difficult to provide to our mountainous regions. I one day envisage a digitally literate workforce in my community.
It has been evident at every LiteHaus lab opening that the communities understand the value of digital learning as thousands come to the school to be present. LiteHaus truly has inspired us all to dream big and given our children to tools to act on them."
"In April 2018, I made contact with LiteHaus to help me with my micro-school initiative in rural Pakistan. I am a young Christian woman who faces persecution like all of the children in my village. I took it upon myself to teach 86 of these children every day. LiteHaus has made it possible for me to teach them by regularly providing me with stationery and basic teaching tools such as a whiteboard, books and pens.
The children are inspired by LiteHaus and often cry when given their books. They are the first things they have ever owned. LiteHaus allows them to own their dreams. Many want to work with LiteHaus one day."