“Hello World is about involving communities in the process of designing, building and maintaining a Hello Hub.”
The approach of Project Hello World is unique in the development sector, and it follows the approach we have developed at Projects For All. We don’t do development work, we build development partnerships. We will never embark on a project until we have worked and lived with the communities we are seeking to partner with. We truly believe that for communities to be empowered and to overcome the barriers they face, the most important approach is one that respects their autonomy and expertise whilst offering the leverage they identify as missing.
Following this approach means that we don’t build Hello Hubs for our communities. Instead, we teach them how to build, maintain and repair them—with our support. We also ask community members to invest in their Hello Hub by giving their time, skills, labour and land to the project.
We are proud of our unique approach because it promotes ownership, openness and opportunities to grow for all members of the community, as well as long-term sustainability.
We listen to the needs of the communities in order to best utilise tools, resources and training so that we can address core problems and build long-term sustainability.
We trust communities to take ownership of the project and the Hello Hub. Community involvement is encouraged from the onset of the project until its completion—and beyond.
We have designed Hello World to be open source. This ensures the project is easily replicable and available to individuals and communities around the world.
Hello Hubs give children access to information on the Internet as well as through preloaded educational software like Edubuntu and the Khan Academy. The Hubs give them an opportunity to educate themselves, share their stories and play online with friends around the world—and to discover what it means to be a global citizen. The Hello Hubs enable children to explore the world’s body of knowledge, guided by their natural curiosity and desire to learn.
To maximise the impact of Hello Hubs on children’s education, Projects For All works with local partners who already have a presence in the region.
We liaise with local communities and schools to incorporate Hello Hubs into schools. We also work with local teachers to ensure that the educational programs embedded in Hello Hubs are integrated into teacher development training.
The close vicinity of the Hello Hubs to schools enables Hello World to study their impact on the children’s learning. It also allows us to work with teachers and other stakeholders to enhance their design and functionality.
Hello World only partners with communities it has been invited to, and where the need for educational resources and connectivity has been clearly established.
We work with local organisations and community members to identify sites where a Hello Hub might be beneficial. We then recruit local community members to participate in the project. With enthusiastic local engagement we can be assured of success.
As part of the process of building a Hello Hub, we ask community members to make an investment in terms of time, skills, material or land.
The technology and methods around a Hello Hub are entirely open source. This encourages further learning among community members but also motivates the scaling up of the project to other communities who are in need of connectivity and access to education.
Hello World is not an ordinary development project; it is a development partnership between Projects For All and communities in remote and marginalised regions. The partnership entails working together to plan, build and manage a Hello Hub. It also ensures that all members of each community have equal access to it: children and adults, women and men.
Projects For All provides technical training to community members so they can maintain and repair their Hello Hubs.
Projects For All also ensures that selected community members are trained to teach others in the community on how to make best use of the Hello Hubs for connectivity, education and business.
The ultimative goal for the communities is to take ownership of the functioning of their Hello Hubs. Their investment and engagement in the project ensures the longterm success, safety and sustainability of the project.