We are a Foundation for the literacy of disadvantaged children on the West Texas/Mexico border.
What makes children on the West Texas/Mexico border disadvantaged?
Three things mainly:
1. Lack of access to technology including Wifi.
2. A shortage of great teachers.
3. Lack of access to money/resources.
Our goal is to provide students laptop computers and tablet devices and to teach them a variety of computing skills so that they can be self-sufficient.
Advanced skills will involve learning to design/develop their own E-Commerce web sites, hosting them via free basic DropBox account, or other free viable cloud based storage.
There are a couple of directions they can go here:
1. Sell their own unique hand-made or digital-made gifts to the world online.
2. Design/develop/maintain company web sites remotely.
Wifi internet access will be provided complimentary to anyone visiting the campus.
la República de Texas also plans on hosting an online digital library, a café open to the public, and a medical clinic.
While the primary goal is computer literacy, we will also host mini-camps for guest speakers to come and inspire.
Another goal is to provide a Small Business Incubation Center for all residents in the area as well as a co-working space to collaborate on projects for the betterment of the community.
We will also teach English and Spanish. Texas has become a bi-lingual State. And to be able to communicate in both English and Spanish will be a great asset.
Our long term goals, we believe, that by better education and better access to technology, we expect to decrease drug-trafficking and human-trafficking on both sides of the border, and to bring two cultures together for better relationships, to share experiences, and respect differences.