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Donation of Computer Equipment to Guatemala Makes a Difference

Kids in the Central American country of Guatemala, like kids from other developing countries around the world, have fewer educational opportunities than those in the U.S. In fact, 60 percent of Guatemalan children drop out of school by the sixth grade.

One thing that is always in demand in underserved countries is better technology.

That’s why the International Medical Outreach (IMO) program—a collaboration between Carolinas HealthCare System and the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte—donated more than 13,000 pieces of computer equipment, including CPUs and monitors to Guatemala between 2011 and 2012.

IMO and Heineman, which has a 50-year history of delivering medical assistance to underserved nations around the world, calls the project “Technology to Educate.”

“We’re hoping this will change an entire generation,” said Theresa Johnson, Executive Director of Heineman Medical Research.

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