R1.8m raised for girls who used restaurant's WiFi for schoolwork

R1.8m raised for girls who used restaurant's WiFi for schoolwork

- A photo shared on the internet of two kids doing homework outside a restaurant touched many hearts

- The migrant family could not afford WiFi so the kids had to use the restaurant's free internet

- Well-wishers who were concerned for the little girls wanted to help address their needs and a GoFundMe page was started

- The person who started the movement said the family was on the verge of being evicted from their small home

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A migrant family in California has received great support from well-wishers after a photo of two girls using restaurant WiFi to do their homework went viral.

The snap that was shared almost a week ago on the internet highlighted the digital divide for low-income students who were required to continue studying from home amidst the pandemic.

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According to NBC News, the kids are students at Salinas City Elementary School District, which said it had tried to provide wireless hotspots to the family.

Well-wishers raise KSh 12 million for two young girls who used restaurant's WiFi to do schoolwork

According to a leader in California, 40% of Latino families do not have WiFi home Photo: Gadgets Africa
Source: UGC

However, well-wishers who were concerned for the little girls wanted to help address their needs and a GoFundMe page was started by Jackie Lopez, who was able to speak to the children's mother, Juana, a migrant worker.

According to NBC, Lopez learnt that the family was to be evicted from their small rented home and by Monday, August 31, the page had raised more than R1.8 million.

In a similar spirit of helping children study at home, Briefly.co.za reported that the school owner of Whanyinnah Nursery and Primary School in Makoko area of Lagos gave out 151 radios to pupils so they could learn from home.

Well-wishers raise KSh 12 million for two young girls who used restaurant's WiFi to do schoolwork

The pupils holding up their radios. Photo: LegitTV
Source: UGC

According to him, the school partnered with a foundation to give out the radios to cushion them against the effect of the pandemic as they stayed home.

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He added that the institution usually sent staff to pupils' homes to find out if they were using their radios for what they are meant for.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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