December 11, 2008 — John Flomo Jr., MA, multicultural affairs coordinator at Northwestern Health Sciences University, shipped seven used computers to the University of Liberia in West Africa, in November 2008. For the past two years, Flomo has been shipping donated computers to several universities in Liberia. He raises funds from organizations and individuals, and solicits assistance from shipping companies to cover the cost of shipments.
According to Flomo, the university is highly under-equipped due to the negative impact of the Liberian civil war, and the Liberian government is unable to provide the necessary support needed to restore the university to its pre-war status. in
Flomo says the story of the university is a common story for almost all universities and colleges in Liberia. He hopes the computers will help students develop basic, yet necessary skills, such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint.
Source: Northwestern Health Sciences University, www.nwhealth.edu/nwtoday/index.html